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Poesy the Monster Slayer

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A monster slayer needs no bedtime!

Once her parents are off to bed, Poesy excitedly awaits the monsters that creep into her room. With the knowledge she’s gained from her trusty Monster Book and a few of her favorite toys, Poesy easily fends off a werewolf, a vampire, and much more.

But not even Poesy's bubblegum perfume can defeat her sleep-deprived parents!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by First Second
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Cass Moskowitz
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Received an arc from #Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
This was a super sweet picture book. I loved that the book was divided into sections with each monster getting their own moment for vanquishing. The page in the beginning with all the toys surrounding Poesy reminded me of when I was a child going to bed surrounded by stuffed animals. I also noticed a good chunk of foreshadowing on that page - loved that! The ending made me laugh. I'm sure many parents and fearless children will enjo
Bettendorf Library
The illustrations and color pallete are incredible!

The story reminds me of being a kid, although I would usually fall asleep right away, but I would have my imagination carry me away a lot of the time. I like the idea of parents trying to get the kid to bed but her imagination is too powerful and can not be put down! I generally like stories where creativity can't be stopped by norms and can blossom.

Has a great D&D vibe, so if you liked this I would also recommend Nobody Likes a Goblin
Shay Vande
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful--I grinned the whole time. The art was fantastic, the monsters cool, the parents fun, etc. I really love that they tapped into the "weird little girl shenanigans" that we remember experiencing as kids but don't often see portrayed in stories. I also love that she uses all the girly toys she's given to have monster-slaying adventures. ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chuckled my way through this story about a young girl fighting and defeating monsters who dare to come to her room at night. Her poor parents, unfortunately, don’t get a lot of sleep with their highly imaginative and brave daughter’s noisy battles after lights out.
I received an ARC through NetGalley from First Second. Cory Doctorow wrote a kids picture book and it was so much fun! Poesy goes to bed and one after another she battles creepy monsters from lore. After each monster her parents come in and tell her she should be sleeping and to go back to bed. The illustrations and colors are fabulous. The strong child character shows that there is nothing to be scared of at night when the lights go out, because Poesy shows you can easily take on monsters with ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations and color pallete are incredible!

The story reminds me of being a kid, although I would usually fall asleep right away, but I would have my imagination carry me away a lot of the time. I like the idea of parents trying to get the kid to bed but her imagination is too powerful and can not be put down! I generally like stories where creativity can't be stopped by norms and can blossom.

Has a great D&D vibe, so if you liked this I would also recommend Nobody Likes a Goblin
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Posey is a little girl who knows what she wants and what she wants is to fight monsters. This adorable picture book bubbles over with Posey’s enthusiasm to stay up and slay all the monsters that arrive in the night, despite her parents’ insistence that she go to bed and not continuously wake them up with the noise. Some of the more scary illustrations are offset by Posey, who can’t be conquered, whimsy and splashes of bright colors. Very fun and had me laughing.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A young girl fight monster in her bedroom during the night. It was okay, even cute, but a bit too light for my taste. It was an enjoyable read that many children might enjoy, could do a good easy Halloween read, but for me it was just okay.
Bee Ostrowsky
Ahhhh this is so completely cute! I’m so glad not to have any kids but I bet they’d love to have this story read to them.
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poesy is freaking VICIOUS! This little girl isn't scared of anything. Not werewolves, not vampires, and not even her own tired, angry parents! That just means that Poesy is the best monster slayer around. This book was fun start-to-finish, with super cute illustrations, fantastic monster facts, and great humor. Loved it. ...more
Silvis Library
This kick-butt kid is not going to bed because she has monsters to kill!

Illustrations are great. I like Poesy's imagination and the way she uses the things around her room to fight the monsters. Cute. ...more
Apr 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Cute and spooky wee monster book.
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Very fun for both kids and parents!
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an electronic ARC from First Second Books through NetGalley.
Poesy knows how to do her research. Her bedtime story choice is the Monster Book. She listens and learns so she can defeat the monsters when they arrive during the night. Though successful at defeating the various monsters, she is not successful at staying out of trouble. Her parents arrive after each battle to tell her to go to bed.
Colorful illustrations bring her bedroom and the monsters to life. Her facial expressions sho
Raven Black
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was not my cup of tea. Poesy seems to be a bit of a bratty child. I understand her "fighting the monsters" but why did she have to be nasty about it? A very quiet "fight" would be fine and a great lesson to children. Fight the monsters, then without the parents "turning into zombies" the child's fear is taken care of. What really lost this for me was when Posey takes Frankenstein's head and puts it on one of her stuffed animals.Regardless if this is "real" or her imagination, it was disturb ...more
Lisa Boyd
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
Okay, first of all, I would like to say that the concept, artwork, and story are all excellent... I just don't understand why this was written for kids so young. I think that this book would have excellent as an early graphic novel with additional text on each page or split more into panels. I think that the monsters and action are a little too violent for a picture book. I do not think this will do well with those things considered, but it is a lovely book and the story is fun. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, picture-books, 2020
I received an ARC from NetGalley and First Second Books in exchange for my honest review.

Poesy continues to stay up late to battle various monsters, much to the annoyance of her parents.

There isn't any real substance to this picture book. And yes, not all require it, but this just seemed like a let down. There was nothing to anchor it. I just did not really enjoy it.
Nicole Shaw
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the depths of Nicole’s Book Cellar (Instagram.com/nicoles_bookcellar):

Book: Poesy the Monster Slayer

Author: Corey Doctorow

Genre: Children’s books, Fiction

Rating: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Positives: Poesy is such a lovable character but not in the way that most little girl characters are. She moves to the beat of her own drum and she is a little naughty. I liked seeing a different version of a girl character but still be so likable. I also liked the realness of the story. The illustrations were an A+.

Becky B
Posey may just be a little girl, but she’s been studying up. Come nightfall she is ready to take on the monsters that come her way. But her parents may not exactly be thrilled with the nighttime activities.

This book needs just the right kind of reader. The right reader has to appreciate a touch of dark humor, the ability to know that monsters are fiction versus really hiding in your closet, and appreciate the suffering of two parents who have to constantly tell their little girl to quiet down th
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Finally a great picture book with a horror theme! Poesy the Monster Slayer tells the story of a little girl named Poesy, who's bedtime is at hand. But! She has too many adventures and monster slaying to do before she can go to bed and her parents try, oh they try. Until they themselves become monsters because of the lack of sleep. The book isn't too scary, but actually quite cute and still creepy enough to make the whole thing exciting. So, points for that! I love Poesy's attitude and her willfu ...more
Abby Johnson
Poesy is so brave. She's in charge of fighting all the monsters in her house (no matter how many times her parents tell her to go to bed). This cheerful monster picture book stars an indomitable little girl who's ready to face anything the dark throws at her. From vampires to Frankenstein's monster, she's ready to face it all... even the zombies that appear in place of her parents after a sleepless night. This one may be more for the parents than for the kids - the big humor moment is in recogni ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A tiny little baby monster of a review for Cory Doctorow’s POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER, a new picture book illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It follows a clever and ferocious little girl (Poesy) whose parents are either zombies or just very tired parents of a child who can’t seem to stay in bed. It may not be the most philosophically nuanced picture book you pick up this year, but the kids will LOVE it. And Poesy’s eyebrows. They’re practically a separate character.

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Erin *BookDragon_Library*
Aug 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Maybe a 3.5. Maybe a 4. I love the cover and the illustrations. Some of the dialog in the beginning with her father talking about the Monster book doesn’t seem complete. I was pretty on board with the premise of the book. I’ve never seen a picture book that says the parent “said some swears” which the dad does when he steps on a block. I thought the removing the Frankenstein head and putting it in a toy of hers was odd and kind of creepy. The illustrations are lovely though and I enjoy the conce ...more
Sarah Evans
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The oft-told story of a child resisting her bedtime gets a graphic novel twist in this picture book. Posey loves to have Daddy read to her from the book of monsters at her bedtime. Because when the lights go out, the monsters come, so Posey uses her knowledge to defeat them. But with each defeated monster, she also has to deal with an increasingly exasperated Daddy and Mommy. Warm colors and bold lines blend together for a cozy feel. Sweet and fun adventure story for small fans of classic monste ...more
Villain E
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This might be for older kids, but I really think it's for adults. Like a lot of picture books by well-known writers, I expect a lot more Cory Doctorow fans to buy this than rando parents at a bookstore. But maybe I'm wrong. (And, just so we're clear, I liked this. It's fun. But it's not one I plan to read to my kids much.)

Poesy keeps her poor put-upon parents awake by spending all night fighting monsters in her room. The story is enjoyable and the art is good. But there's a tongue-in-cheek natur
Patricia N. McLaughlin
A girl with a very active imagination wages epic battles with a series of monsters, knowing exactly how to thwart them. Strangely, she shows no compassion toward them, even when they ask for mercy, nor does she seem to care a wit about her parents’ welfare—which begs the question, who’s the monster? The vivid illustrations seem more suited for a graphic novel targeted at a young-adult audience than the picture-book set, especially before bedtime. An extra star for the bi-racial parents and multi ...more
Elzbieta Wisz
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable! I loved the illustrations and the story told through words AND the illustrations. I am a new parent (our little guy will be one in a month) so watching the change in Poesy's parents throughout the book was very relatable. I definitely feel zombie-ish at times. :) I will be purchasing this book for my little guy's picture book collection. I can see this being a fun book to read as he gets older. ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The pictures in this book are absolutely amazing. The story was a three (basically a hyperactive child keeps her parents awake -- I think it's trying to empower kids to take care of their own monsters but the story doesn't hang together well - would be better with maybe 5 more pages that show more about how Poesy preps) but the pictures are a 5. Brilliantly colored the pictures only enhance and lift the words to a better story. ...more
Hope Genty
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is great for kids who either like graphic novels and/or like monsters. The story featuring a young girl named Posey keeps her parents up as she hunts monsters that appear in her bedroom. Don't worry she is trained for this. This is a fun story told mostly in bubble conversation that appeals to graphic novel lovers. This is great for the early elementary students that are starting to read but want more than just an easy reader. ...more
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