Monsters Aren't Real


He's as big as a monster. He's as strong as a monster. But there's no such thing as monsters. Everyone knows that. Well, almost everyone, in this not-so-scary story about being true to yourself.

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He's as big as a monster. He's as strong as a monster. But there's no such thing as monsters. Everyone knows that. Well, almost everyone, in this not-so-scary story about being true to yourself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
We meet our monster hero on the first double page, astounded as it is surrounded by the repeated statement in may type faces: "Monsters aren't real!" Contemplating itself in a mirror, it wonders, "Then what am I?" It knows it has all the necessary monster requisites, so it sets out to prove that monsters are real. Writing it everywhere, even confronting people, it finds that nobody is even paying attention. Trying to frighten a youngster watching TV, it ends up joining him on the floor. Just when it is about to give up, another monster turns up to prove its point. Off they go together, hand in hand. "Monsters are real. Really." The hero is more cute than scary, with large eyes, antlers, claws, and a blobby body. The mainly double-page settings are basic, like walls for graffiti, or the dock on which a fisherman is untroubled by the huge octopus the monster drags along to show him. Many scenes are wordless fun. One of the balloons to which the monster has attached his "Monsters are real" notes, filled with gas, and floated away drifts across the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A lumpy monster that resembles a grizzly bear with turquoise splotches hears that monsters are not real. Confused, he attempts to prove his existence by writing "Monsters are real" and posting pictures of himself on public spaces. In a series of wordless spreads, he tries to scare children at a dance class and a birthday party, but they don't even notice him. A boy playing Pong does not react to the monster as it jumps out from behind the TV screen. The monster presents an octopus to a fisherman, juggles cows in a field, and uproots a tree in front of a mother and her baby, but doesn't frighten any of them. When he sees that someone has marked over his graffiti to read "Monsters aren't real," he slumps down sadly and gives up. Then a short, black, nasty-looking character enters the scene. "What? No! Don't be silly," he says. With the first monster in tow, he stomps off saying, "We're two big, strong, scary monsters, and we'll prove it. Monsters are real. REALLY." Readers can look at this story in a few different ways. Is the main character trying to scare people, but is not succeeding because he isn't terrifying enough? Or because the people are too self-absorbed to notice him? Should we feel sad for him because he is being ignored? Or is this a book to reassure children that monsters don't exist so there is no reason to be afraid of them? Some children may see this as a fun story about a goofy-looking monster, but the dark, ambiguous ending leaves matters open for discussion.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610670739
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 1,431,611
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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