Monsters don't hug. Or do they? With a little coaching, can a friendly monster learn to be mean and scary? Through fun and quirky dialogue, Boy and Monster discover a lot about each other, but perhaps even more about oneself. A delicious story of friendship and self-acceptance with hilarious twists and turns along the way.
|Publisher:||Clear Fork Media Group LLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Caryn is a wife, mom, book addict, blogger, Instagram over-loader, and an illustrator. As a child growing up in the Midwest, her passion for picture books started early. She drew constantly, began collecting favorite books, and made small illustrated books of her own. Her love of picture books grew and developed into full-blown obsession. While working professionally as a graphic designer, she began blogging on the side at threebooksanight.com about the continual stream of picture books she collected and needed to talk about. Her growing knowledge (and bursting shelves) of picture books fueled her decision to move from design to full-time illustration. Caryn now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters - embracing city life, honing her passion for beautiful design, and pursuing picture book illustration in every spare moment. Her art, book reviews, photos, and sketches can be found at smellingoranges.com. Not So Scary Jerry is her first picture book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Meet Scary Jerry, the monster in Not So Scary Jerry by Shelley Kinder, who is trying to scare a little boy with his various antics. The boy and the monster strike up a friendship and the boy thinks monsters do not hug, though he is hugged by Jerry. The latter tries to scare the boy by dressing up like a ghost and opening his mouth wide, but the boy is not convinced. He thinks that Jerry does not like being a scary monster. Jerry likes being just a monster and not a scary one. He likes giving hugs, making waffles, painting rocks, giving pedicures, and thumb wrestling. It is a story of friendship and self-acceptance and will put a smile on the faces of young readers. I like the concept of the monster being a friendly one instead of the usual scary ones we read about. Jerry is lovable and adorable, and children will have fun reading about him and the boy and the good times they have together. The illustrations are lively and charming and they breathe life into the characters and the story. It is an enjoyable story for bedtime story telling and children will love reading about Jerry and his antics during read aloud and story telling sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The friendship between Jerry and the boy helps children understand each other and themselves too. I like the way the author has knitted in the concept of friendship and self acceptance through the story of the boy and Jerry the monster.
Not So Scary Jerry is a hilarious fresh take on a monster under the bed story. Jerry may be a monster, but he is not scary at all. He loves to paint rocks, give hugs, and thumb wrestle. Don't ask him about his salivary gland issue. But what he lacks in fierceness, he definitely makes up in personality. Caryn Schafer's illustrations complement the text perfectly and will keep readers engaged throughout. This book is sure to be a new bedtime favorite.