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Mona the Monster Girl

Mona the Monster Girl

by Moritz Petz, Maja Dusikova
     
 

Mona the Monster Girl lives with her mother in a lovely dark, dusty attic. Like many young monsters, Mona is afraid to go to sleep in the light, convinced that scary human children are lurking under her bed or hiding in her closet. "There are no such things as children," her mother tells her. "They're just make-believe." But Mona is not convinced. Then one bright,

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Mona the Monster Girl lives with her mother in a lovely dark, dusty attic. Like many young monsters, Mona is afraid to go to sleep in the light, convinced that scary human children are lurking under her bed or hiding in her closet. "There are no such things as children," her mother tells her. "They're just make-believe." But Mona is not convinced. Then one bright, sunny morning, Mona's worst daymare is realized. Youngsters will be reassured and entertained by this comical switch on the familiar "monster in the cupboard" story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When daylight appears, Mona the monster is afraid to go to bed. What if children are hiding in the attic where she lives? Mona's mother insists that children do not exist, but Mona is still afraid. The attic trapdoor opens to reveal two children. After the initial scare, Mona and the children start talking to each other rather than screaming. Mona goes outside with the children in the middle of the day and they play games. When the children's mother goes in their room, she cannot see Mona at all! The children return to the attic with Mona where they find out that Mona's mother cannot see the children. Mona goes to bed and dreams of playing with her new friends. This whimsical story is a twist on typical bedtime stories. Mona not only sleeps during the day, many other aspects of her life—such as not being allowed to bathe or put her toys away—are also opposite to the children's. Dusikova's illustrations are soft, colorful, and perfectly complement this adorable story. 2004, North-South Books, Ages 3 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A fanged, raven-haired monster child fears the human children who live in her "cellar." Lenny and Maria investigate their attic and discover chubby Mona. After an awkward moment involving a water gun, the three take pleasure in sharing their worlds with one another, especially since the respective parents can only see their own offspring. The premise of considering others' viewpoints has moments of success as when Mona delights in cleaning Maria's room since she's not allowed to organize her own. But the dialogue is stilted and some sections rely heavily on passive verbs. Dus'kov 's softly colored illustrations bring value to the book with compelling details of the attic. Socks with built-in claws, a horned alarm clock, and bat bedposts will entice young monster fans. The closing page shows self-portraits by the humans on a kite caught in a tree, right where Mona will see it through the skylight when she wakes-at night, of course.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735819450
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/06/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.48(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Moritz Petz was born in Munich, Germany. Upon completion of his studies, he traveled through Italy, Denmark, and Sweden, working at various jobs along the way. His interests include street and puppet theater, chess, music, and writing. He now lives in sou

Maja Dusikova was born in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, and now lives in Florence, Italy. She has illustrated many books for both children and adults, including The Advent Storybook and Silent Night, Holy Night.

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