By Nicholas Tana
Illustrated by Jessica Abbott and Elise Leutwyler
Published on: October 7, 2019
Monsters can be scary, but thankfully there is something that can scare them right back – babies. You wouldn’t think a monster could be scared by a tiny baby, but they can – it’s the way babies smell and creep and crawl. It’s all pretty scary to them.
A boy learns to face his fear of monsters after discovering that monsters are afraid of his baby sister. Inspired by a child’s imagination, this children’s picture book published by New Classics Books contains a timeless, rhythmical tale accompanied by beautiful illustrations. Simple enough for kids but profound enough for parents, readers will learn that the fears we have of others are often the same fears others have of us. A must for every child’s bookshelf.
While the story has a cute take on the monster theme, I found I wasn’t as engaged as I would have like to have been. The story doesn’t have many words in it, which I know is common in picture books. Sometimes when the words are minimal the illustrations help tell the other part of the story. Unfortunately, the illustrations didn’t engage me either. The monsters and baby were cute, but the book had several pages where the pictures of the monster or the scene in general were set against a white background. I’m someone who loves lots of color filling entire pages in the picture books I read, so it’s truly just a personal preference.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and New Classics Books for the reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.