There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie? Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too. Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave—just like her dad did. Because who would want to live with a real monster? Inspired by real events in the author’s life, A Monster Like Me teaches the importance of believing in oneself, accepting change, and the power of friendship.
|Publisher:||Shadow Mountain Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Wendy S. Swore and her family are farmers. She writes part-time, particularly in winter when her farming chores give her time to plant seeds in her imagination. She is a member of SCBWI. This is her debut novel.
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A Monster Like Me based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
A Monster Like Me is an imaginative story that is heartbreaking yet hopeful and sprinkled with magic. I fell in love with Sophie and was rooting for her to chase away the monsters. Kindness, friendship, and family are at the core of this book. I highly recommend this to all middle grade readers!
Great book about Sophie, a young girl who believes she's a monster because of a large hemangioma (bright red birthmark) on her face, and she's obsessed with monsters! She even carries around her Big Book of Monsters wherever she goes. It is a story of Sophie's wonderful imagination, bullying, building of friendship, mythology, and acceptance. Beautifully written!
“The world is a dragon; my book a shield.” Sophie believes a witch cursed her when she was a baby and she now spends much of her time with her head down, reading and rereading ‘The Big Book of Monsters’. She uses it to help identify and protect herself against the monsters surrounding her that are cleverly disguised as humans and searching for clues to figure out what kind of monster she is so she can find a cure. She’s also hiding her face from the world because she’s ashamed of her ‘monster mark’, a hemangioma (blood tumour) that appeared when she was only a few months old. I really liked Sophie for the most part but she also made me really sad. My heart ached for her each time she called herself a monster and every time someone stared, pointed at her or bullied her. She’s so self conscious because of her ‘monster mark’ and spent so much time looking out for danger that she missed out on having a lot of fun. With Sophie always on the lookout for the mythological creatures from her beloved book she’s able to find the magical in people, but she can also find the monster in people whose behaviour doesn’t warrant the title. Initially I loved the excerpts from Sophie’s monster book between each chapter because of my love for mythology, although I did have trouble finding the connection between excerpts and their surrounding chapters at times. The excerpts did get a bit of a preachy vibe towards the end, focusing more on being a good person than monsters. The cover image is wonderful and drew me to the book in the first place. I particularly liked the monster marks added to the font on the title. Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to read this book. Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review.