Title: Monsters Have Mommies
Author: Angela Muse
Illustrator: Ewa Podles
Publication Date: July 21, 2013
Publisher: Independent – 4eyesbooks
Number of pages: 28
Recommended age: 2 to 7
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Have you ever wondered if monsters have mommies and daddies? It turns out monsters families are a lot like our families. This monstrous tale about parents and family is perfect for children aged eight and under.
1. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I think all of the pictures are really good. I really like the picture of the monsters playing peek-a-boo because I like blue and the monsters are blue in that picture.
2. What is this story about? The book is about monsters who have mommies and daddies who do things with them. They are all nice monsters and they are not scary.
3. What is your favourite part of the book? I like the part of the book where the monsters are eating using their noses because it’s funny. They have pet monsters too!
4. Does your Mommy and Daddy do the same things mentioned in the book with you? Yes, they do all of the same things, but some of them are opposite. So, my Mommy is the one who does homework with me and reads books and it’s my Daddy who taught me to tie my shoes.
5. Do monsters exist? Monsters exist in your head. They are not real; well, they’re sort of real. They exist as germs on your hands!
6. Overall, what did you think about this book? I really liked the book because it was funny and the monsters were funny. The story reminded me of stuff I do with my Mommy and Daddy.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think little kids under the age of six would like this book and I don’t think they would be scared of the monsters.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: Monsters Have Mommies is a fun little book designed to ease children’s fears about monsters. I myself grew up with monsters who lived both in my closet and under my bed. Most kids I know go through a period where they believe that there are monsters living in their rooms. This was true for both my son and my daughter. There are a few techniques to get rid of those nasty monsters (e.g., monster sprays, night lights, and good old-fashioned prayers among a few); but, this book takes a different spin. Instead of scaring the monsters away, Angela Muse has written a book “normalizing” monsters and making them not so scary to children.
Using short rhyming verses (yes, for the record, I have no issues with the rhyming or cadence – it’s all good!), the author describes to the children that monsters have mommies and daddies who love them, take care of them, and like to do all kinds of fun things with them. And did you know that even monsters get scared of the dark at night? That’s ok though, because their mommies give them snuggles to make them feel better too! The main message underlying the book is that children shouldn’t fear monsters because they are just like them (i.e., not so scary)!
I love the illustrations in the book. All the monsters are strange-looking, quirky, and colourful. Trust me, they are not scary AT ALL! I think even young children will just see these monsters as “silly-looking” rather than be remotely frightened by them. Each verse describes how a monster and one of their parents are interacting and there is a fun image illustrating the scene set out in the text. The images and text go hand-in-hand and there are just enough details to keep a child’s interest on each page. I also love the “monster footprints” that accompany the words – they are adorable!
My Bottom Line: Monsters Have Mommies uses simple rhyming verses, wonderfully entertaining illustrations, and a straightforward underlying message to help reduce the fear of monsters in young children. I highly recommend this book to young children who are feeling a bit frightened around Halloween time or at any time of year. Ages 2+
* This book was provided by us free-of-charge by the author in exchange for our honest opinion. All opinions expressed are our own. *
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