Let’s Play Monsters! by Lucy Cousins. Candlewick, 2020. 9781536210606
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book fantasy
What did you like about the book? A fun new title from Lucy Cousins is always a welcome addition to story time for toddlers. In this story, Cousins takes a game that she and her family played with her grandson and turns it into a sweet bedtime story. A rambunctious three year old named Gabriel likes to play monsters. He instructs each member of his family to be a monster of his design. They comply, and he runs away, joyfully eluding his sister, or uncle, or even his cat. When he challenges his mother, she catches him, saying, “I’ll gobble your toes, and I’ll nibble your nose!” She tells HIM what kind of monster to be, and she puts the green-headed Gabriel to bed with “monster kisses, one, two, three / I love you, and you love me.” The rhyming text is rhythmic and repetitive, and of course Cousins’ bold, black-outlined art on colored backgrounds is visually exciting and fun. The monsters that the family members transform into are smiling, and Gabriel is having great fun with the game as they chase him. The endpapers add a cute detail: the front shows the members of Gabriel’s family as they normally look, and the back shows them as their monster alter egos. This would be fun to pair with Ed Emberley’s Go Away, Big Green Monster for story time.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For little ones who enjoy monsters that are safe and loving, ages 2-4.
Who should buy this book? (Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington,, MA
Date: December 5, 2020