Friday, July 16, 2010

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Who isn't afraid of a monster that could be lurking in your closet or under your bed? Well, in Mo Willems fun filled ode to monsters we meet Leonardo and monster who desperately wants to be scary but simply ends up being cute and quite incapable of scaring anybody. Leonardo's greatest wish is to "Scare the tuna salad" out of someone, so he tries to find the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world - Sam. But even though Leonardo tries his best to scare Sam, it just isn't all it's cracked up to be. So Leonardo and Sam wind up being friends, but sometimes Leonardo still ties to scare the tuna salad out of little Sam. This is such a simple premise for the story, but the drawings are great and their is some nice subtle humour that the adults reading the book can also appreciate ( e.g., He didn't have 1, 642* teeth like Tony [*Note: Not all teeth shown]). The publishers suggest that this is a preschool to kindergarten age book, but I've used it with two year olds who really enjoy the funny monsters and the little twist of friendship at the end. Where to Buy: Mo Willems is such a popular author his works are available through all sorts of book and toy sellers.

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