About The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters
Who knew there was a problem with not being scared of monsters? The hero of this story knows it—all too well. Because he’s not scared, the monsters think he’s one of them. And now, they’re way too friendly. They want to share everything! Which is, of course, a disaster. Good thing there’s a terrified little brother to come to the rescue. With an understated text and hilarious illustrations, this picture book will have kids laughing away their fears.
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“Intrepid monster lovers will delight in reading again and again this lift of irksome consequences of being friendly with these creatures. The watercolor and pen cartoons do not miss a mark . . . The nighttime flash-lit illustrations are superb, as are the dynamic layouts. . . Recommend this one to mischievous types of all shapes and sizes . . .” —School Library Journal
“The problem with not being scared of monsters, our young narrator finds, is that monsters become entirely too comfortable with you, and those monsters can be some pesky pals. . . The simple and spare text renders the challenges of monstrous pals understandable. . . Tentacled and fanged monsters made silly with glibness reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’ There’s a Wocket in My Pocket will leave kids smiling after a monster-themed storytime.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book