My Monster Burrufu

My Monster Burrufu


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ISBN-13: 9780615459349
Publisher: Petite Grande Idée
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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My Monster Burrufu 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. I had planned on reading it and sending it to a teacher for her classroom. She is trying to build up a classroom library. I have held onto the book for quite a while. I¿ve re-read it three times.Olivia has so much love in her heart. When she discovers a monster living in her attic she decides to make him her friend. He is too busy writing books to be her friend. She keeps visiting him until she wins him over. Now all she has to do is convince the world that he is okay. What wonderful lessons about learning about those who are different than yourself. The illustrations were wonderful. I think this would make a wonderful children¿s movie. I highly recommend this parents and children every where.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
This chapter book is targeted for eight to twelve year olds; the easy going storytelling style and charming illustrations interspersed throughout make it visually appealing as well. I can’t make up my mind which character I love the most, Olivia, the seven year old mistress of the monster’s house or Burrufu, the melancholy monster. At the beginning of the adventure, Olivia is about to move from the city to a home four hours away in the country. She immediately endears herself to me when I read the note she left to the new tenants asking them to take care of the house and sending them hugs and kisses. Upon arriving at the old three story house, Olivia and her dog Tula begin to explore the home’s nooks and crannies. They hear noises in the attic; her father, Steve, tells her jokingly that maybe it is a monster. Olivia thinks he is making fun of her, and when he assures her that a monster in the house is good luck, she feels relief. Olivia can’t sleep and goes down to the kitchen to have some milk and cookies. To her surprise she spies a furry white claw stealing cookies! So the adventure begins….Olivia is determined to lure the creature out by setting a cookie trap. She discovers that the monster lives in the attic and is a writer like her father. Because Olivia’s dad spends lots of time in his study writing, she has lots of time on her own. Olivia learns that her friend Burrufu can make himself very large when he frightens people; he is fearful of going outside and scaring people. Olivia wants to make him feel wanted and secure so she tries to provide him with courage. One day Burrufu is discovered and chaos ensues. Will Olivia be able to remain friends with her monster, who is really a talented and sensitive writer or will they both be forced to relinquish their friendship due to the fears of others? This book contains approximately one hundred pages and ten short chapters. It can be used as a classroom read aloud or read independently as a chapter book for readers in the middle grades. There is plenty of humor and adventure. The plot contains enough twists and turns plus thought provoking issues to challenge the middle grade reader. Highly recommended.
MarmaladeLibby More than 1 year ago
**Originally posted on Libby Blog** We LOVED this one! When Olivia and her writer dad move to the country for peace and quiet they never expected they might meet a real, live monster! But one evening while eating cookies and drinking milk that's exactly what happens to 7 year-old Olivia. My thoughts: I LOVED THIS! It was such a sweet read about learning to see past what people look like and to take time to get to know them before deciding whether you like them or not because you might just make your new best friend for life. I read this cover to cover with my 7 year-old, who not only was delighted with reading a story about another 7 year-old, but also thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. She liked the illustrations, the story and the fact that she could help read along by reading Olivia's parts enthusiastically! I do have to say that there is a small part that really bothered me...a 7 year-old would NEVER be left alone at home for any length of time because it's illegal! This happens a couple of times in the book and truly bothered me SO much. I can't wait to tell the LMC Director of our school district's elementary schools about this one so she can get it for all three LMCs! It is just such a great story! A letter to the author from my 7 year-old: Thank you Mr. Corral for sending us your book to review. I really liked it, but my sister cried a little. She's only five. I really liked it from the beginning when I learned Olivia is 7 and I'm 7 too! I was nervous about the monster and the girl meeting him. But I laughed when Olivia was hanging upside down from the monster. I also laughed a lot when Burrufu got nervous in the treehouse and the treehouse top was his hat! I felt a little sad when Burrufu came down and people were scared. When the army came I thought they were going to kill him but Olivia, Steve and Mark ended up saving him! I felt so happy at the end because I think Burrufu moved back in. I LOVED all the drawings and wondered why they are all in black and white? Thank you, M
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This review consists of three parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 9), 2. My son's review (he's 5), and 3. My review (the Mom). For the full review visit us at Mother Daughter Book Reviews **My Monster Burrufu by A. Corral was provided to us free-of-charge by the author.** DAUGHTER SAYS: What I liked and disliked about it: I liked Burrufu because he was cute and fluffy. I liked that the girl's name was Olivia because there is a girl in my class named Olivia too. I also liked when Olivia discovered the secret passage to the attic and it was cool that the lamp was a switch. I wish that I had a secret passage in my house going from my room to my bathroom. I thought Olivia was a really good friend to Burrufu and Burrufu was a really good friend to Olivia. They did fun stuff together like play in the tree house and go to the sea. I would not like it if I only had a Dad and no siblings like Olivia. I would be annoyed because then I would have to listen to Dad's rules all the time and not Mom's good rules. My bottom line: I liked this book and I would recommend it to kids between 4 and 8 years old. SON SAYS: What I liked and disliked about it: I loved, loved, loved everything about this book. I really liked the monster because he could jump super-far and because he's nice and cute and fluffy. I liked how Olivia pretended that she was going to die when Burrufu was trying to escape. She was very brave. The secret room was super-cool and I want one too because I don't have one. I thought that Burrufu was going to be mean to people except he was really nice to Olivia instead. I liked how it had pictures and I liked the pictures. I didn't like how the soldiers trapped the monster. It made me sad and angry at the soldiers because they were mean to Burrufu. My bottom line: I loved, loved, loved, (etc.) this book. It's my new favorite. I think everyone would like it - especially kids my age. MOM SAYS: What I liked and disliked about it: This is a fantastic little book. The story flows nicely and it is a relatively quick read. Both my kids really enjoyed it and it maintained the full attention of my 5 year-old son at bedtime (need I say more, really?) Olivia was an interesting character. On one hand, it was very unusual that she was often left roaming around unsupervised - she is only seven after all. It was also unusual that she didn't seem particularly frightened by Burrufu. But, if the message is that this little girl was able to look past Burrufu's exterior and demonstrate kindness and friendship to someone who really needed it, then I think this can be seen as a strength in her character. Without giving away the ending...I do like the way that Corral decided to end the story. It is the most believable outcome for the story and it is heartwarming to to get a sneak peak into Olivia's life as a grown-up with her own daughter. There is one issue that I feel compelled to bring to light. The story takes an unexpected turn when Burrufu gets shot at by soldiers, captured by the army, and is chained up. What occurs to Burrufu is quite intense and violent and I would argue almost seems out of place in this otherwise touching and sentimental story. My bottom line: Aside from my one issue with the story, this really is such a great book. I would recommend it to boys and girls 7 years and up. I would say at least 7 years old because of the mature themes (e.g., armies, soldiers, shooting, violence).
Flhut More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for young readers, or for old readers reading to young listeners. Although I did feel the language in the book had words or was sometimes at a level maybe a little above the young reader it seems to be intended for (ie "a bit bohemian", "Borsalino hats", etc). I gather the book was translated and maybe it lost a little in the translation or maybe some words are more normal to those young readers to which the original language was written. But the story is a really cute and fun story of a little girl who finds a real live Monster in an old house her and her single parent Dad move into in the country. This monster can reach heights of over 100 feet so that presents some problems especially if the monster and the little girl (7 years old) are trying to keep his presence secret, even from the Dad. Hard to keep such a secret when they all live in the same house. Before long the girl and the monster, Burrufu, become best friends. Little Olivia is an ever persistent little girl who will not take no for an answer even from a monster who wants to be left along in his secret attic that only she knows about. But she wins him over with her cookies and love. She was never afraid of him and was the only one who persisted in loving him. But his presence is discover by her father who panics and soon Police, military etc must remove the "threat." It is sad to know this friendship must end. But the author has some thoughts on that and a great ending although a little rocky. Every kid of any age should read this one or have it read to them.
Dymontgo More than 1 year ago
My Monster Burrufu is about the friendship and acceptance between a little girl named Olivia and the monster Burrufu who hides in her attic. At the start of the book, Oliva and her father move into a new house where, one night, Oliva comes down stairs to eat some cookies and discovers big furry paws snatching cookies from her kitchen. She is delighted to find a monster in her house and sets up a trap to capture a picture of Burrufu and this starts her wonderful, lifetime friendship with Burrufu. Through adventures and misadventures, Burrufu learns to trust Oliva and her loving friendship and he begins to realize that being friends with humans isn't so bad after all. What I Liked: For me, the illustrations in the book really MADE the book. Though the story was good, the illustrations really brought the message home and gave the book a little bit of that extra something and made the book just that much better. I also enjoyed Alberto Corral writing yelling and whispering speeches with increased and decreased font sizes. This writing style gave the book a fun edge that really appealed to me. I found the ending very sweet as well :) What I Didn't Like: The whole thing was well written and I think the book would be enjoyable for all readers. I will definitely be passing this book on to the younger kids in my family.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: Olivia and her dad left the big city to live in a big house in the country. In the new house Olivia felt something moved in the attic. That night while Olivia was in the kitchen she encounters Burrufu the monster. A talking monster that wears glasses and writes! It turns out that Burrufu isn’t a scary monster and Olivia couldn’t wait to befriend this monster, but he just wanted to be left alone in the attic to write his stories. My Monster Burrufu is a well written book that would hold any child’s attention. A perfect read for children to learn the value of true friendship between two different personalities but also accepting each other and overcoming fear. This book is full of exciting adventures and I highly recommend it. Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.