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Donovan Scares the Monsters

Donovan Scares the Monsters

by Susan Love Whitlock, Yossi Abolafia (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What do you do when you're visiting your grandparents and have nothing to do? For Donovan, the answer is simple: grab a broom and go on a hunt for monsters. Since Grandpa is asleep, he has to be quiet. But he tiptoes into Grandpa's room and peeks over the bed . . . ``GROWWWWWWWW!'' yells Grandpa, as the covers fly off. ``YOWWWWWWWW!'' yells Donovan. The pair collapse in laughter. This story handsomely conveys the special world that children and their grandparents occupya cozy, predictable place where time slows down. Abolafia offers lively, warm watercolors that complement Whitlock's sweet story. Ages 4-8. (March)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Donovan spends a boring day at his grandparents' house until he imagines a monster. Encouraged by his grandmother, he embarks on a monster hunt. Broom in hand and dog by his side, Donovan enters the bedroom where Grandpa is sleeping. Grandpa enlivens the game with a yell that frightens Donovan before the two join in laughter. Although the story is slight, the loving relationship of grandparents and child comes through well. Some flat dialogue mars the otherwise adequate writing. The watercolor pictures are reassuring, and the layout is attractive. Small pictures on text pages advance the story and alternate with full-page illustrations. Donovan's dog is expecially well drawn, with his facial expressions and body postures revealing the emotions he shares with Donovan. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, Minn.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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