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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
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Nov 30, 2010

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bookshelves: childrens, fiction, picture-books, reviewed
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Recommended for: especially good for children who are afraid of monsters
Read on December 04, 2010

This is a cute book about a monster, Leonardo, who is terrible at being a monster; he can’t scare anybody. So, he does his research to find the one kid (named Sam) who he’ll be most likely to be able to scare, and goes to do that. After his attempt, he ends up changing his plans. It was very predictable (for this adult) but it was sweet.

This is a good book for young children, with very few words on all pages except for one double page spread where there are a lot of words, and in a color a bit hard to read. Funny book, and even the so-called scary monsters (Tony, Eleanor, and Hector) look relatively friendly.

I think this book has a wonderful premise, and the rather slight story was entertaining and amusing.

I liked the illustrations, even though I don’t always love this author-illustrator’s artwork. The expressiveness of the boy and monster and the layout of the pages were done very well.
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