Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

by Rachel Bright
     
 

Everyone in Cutesville is excited for the most special day of the year: Present Day! Love Monster goes on a hunt for the perfect gift for his special someone, but as it turns out, finding the perfect gift is not easy. And the only thing worse than a not-perfect present is no present at all. But Love Monster soon comes up with the idea for the best gift

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Overview

Everyone in Cutesville is excited for the most special day of the year: Present Day! Love Monster goes on a hunt for the perfect gift for his special someone, but as it turns out, finding the perfect gift is not easy. And the only thing worse than a not-perfect present is no present at all. But Love Monster soon comes up with the idea for the best gift ever—one that comes straight from his furry heart.

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“This follow-up to Love Monster shows the titular, loving little beastie trying to find the perfect present for the monster he thinks "is the most perfect monster in the world." . . . The best gifts are those that come from the heart, and this book surely comes from Bright's” —Kirkus Reviews

“A timeless message of the importance of friendship and the Love Monster's lesson that something "doesn't have to cost the earth to mean the world," this is a lovely book to share around a holiday.” —School Library Journal

“Adorable puns, fuzzy monsters, and a meaningful message about what constitutes a good present make this a cheerful holiday read.” —Annie Miller, Booklist

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Present Day is coming and Love Monster does not have anything to give his special someone. He goes to the shopping street in Cutesville, but does not have enough money to buy a sparkly, shiny present. Heartsick, Love Monster drags himself home. He has to have a present to give, because it is unthinkable to give no present at all, especially since he is sure his perfect monster friend will have a wonderful gift for him. Very sad, Love Monster wonders what he is going to do. And then the best thing possible boinks him on the head: a book that tells him how to make the most perfect thing to give his special monster. He works all night and when the sun comes up on Present Day, Love Monster knows he’s made the Perfect Gift. The illustrations are adorable without being saccharine sweet and the story is simply told. This book shows children that what you give from your heart does not need to be expensive. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Rainbows, hearts, stars, and general sweetness abound in this story about Love Monster and his experiences in the aptly named town of Cutesville. While everyone else is getting excited about Present Day, Love Monster is nervous. He wants to give an absolutely perfect gift to his "bestest of friends" but finds that even though the shops have lots of "wonderful, shinyful" things, he doesn't have enough money to buy any of them. Just when he thinks that he will completely disappoint his perfect person, he is inspired to give the kind of gift that money cannot buy. The bold, expressive illustrations (with lots of pink and purple hues), created through solar etching printmaking, are full of brightness and energy, completely matching the story's mood, characters, and setting. Subtle humor apparent in the artwork will appeal to readers young and old. With a timeless message of the importance of friendship and the Love Monster's lesson that something "doesn't have to cost the earth to mean the world," this is a lovely book to share around a holiday or before beginning a crafting project or to recommend to any little ones with concerns about their family's finances.—Whitney LeBlanc, Staten Island Academy, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
What to give the one you love? This follow-up to Love Monster (2013) shows the titular, loving little beastie trying to find the perfect present for the monster he thinks "is the most perfect monster in the world." This gift-giving impulse is prompted by the coming of a very special day in Cutesville: "PRESENT DAY when everyone gives a lovely someone something lovely…to show how special they are." Unfortunately, our hero cannot find anything that will do in his price range. In the light story's bleakest moment, Love Monster sits, small and alone, on a darkened street; the text tells readers that "there was only one thing worse than a not-perfect present…and that was NO PRESENT AT ALL!" Happily, inspiration literally falls from above, and Love Monster ends up making a very special present, indeed, for his friend. Bright's vibrant prints are made from plates etched with ultraviolet light, producing brightly colored pictures with bold, black outlines. The monsters' world is a fully realized place that borders on twee but finds footing in delight. The best gifts are those that come from the heart, and this book surely comes from Bright's. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374346485
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
146,444
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Bright is a wordsmith, printmaker, and thinker of happy thoughts. The author-illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, she is passionate about time-honored printmaking techniques. She works from her converted caravan studio, on a farm near the sea in the south of England, where she lives with her partner, a dog called Elvis, and a cat called Superman. lookonthebrightside.co.uk

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