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Brave Little Monster Hardcover – August 21, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060286989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060286989
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

reS-K-This story puts a spin on Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Turtleback, 1968) and James Howe's There's a Monster under My Bed (Atheneum, 1986). Albert, a monster, is terrified of little boys and girls. He knows they lurk in his closet and under his bed, waiting to eat him up. His mother tells him that there are no such phenomena, but this does nothing to alleviate his fears. Finally, with pounding heart, Albert confronts the demons so that he can sleep. Unfortunately, this silly story lacks charm. Baker gives too many plot details that negate any element of fear (a boy playing "piggie" with the monster's toes is not scary). Hayes's colorful artwork is clever, adding details of a bone for a curtain rod and a monster portrait on the wall, but too busy, thus detracting from the story. Telling a tale from the monster's point of view is an enticing concept, but it has been done more creatively in Philippe Corentin's Papa! (Chronicle, 1997) and Jackie French Koller's No Such Thing (Boyds Mills, 1997).

Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL

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About the Author

Ken Bakers love for children's books began during childhood, when his parents and older siblings would relate favorite stories of Peter Cottontail, Dr. Seuss, Epaminondas, Curious George, and the three bears. That love for children's books grew as Ken read and made up bedtime stories for his own children.



Geoffrey Hayes's many popular books for children include the My First I Can Read Book Thump and Plunk, Bear by Himself, The Patrick Bear Books, and many beginning reader adventure; about Uncle Tooth and Otto. He lives in San Francisco, California.


More About the Author

Ken Baker is the author of OLD MACDONALD HAD A DRAGON, COW CAN'T SLEEP, and BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER. He lives near Utah's Wasatch mountains, but grew up in the California Bay Area. In addition to writing books, he enjoys spending time with his family boating, wakeboarding, snowboarding, swimming, camping, and watching his children play sports. He also enjoys basketball, windsurfing, scuba diving, exercising at the gym, and coaching his children in the different sports they play.

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They want it read each night before bed.
DCD
It is very cute and helps emaphasize that monsters are scared of little boys and girls.
Wendy F. Tate
The illustrations are creative and bring life to the story.
Stephen W Liddle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelley G. Yearout on November 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The only thing wrong with this book is you will have a difficult time reading it alound without laughing. I was brousing children's books for nieces/nephews and I could not put this one down. I also could not help laughing aloud at every turn of the page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W Liddle on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As I type this review, my 3-year-old is begging me, "Just read it, Dad!" My kids love Brave Little Monster. (BTW, me too. :)
The story is a charming twist on the child-conquers-fear tale. Reversing the role of child and monster helps alert little readers think about their fears and put them in a rational context (without realizing that's what they're doing). Brave Little Monster subtly delivers a wonderful message of empathy and appreciation for diversity without being at all heavy-handed about it. (Kids reading the book just have fun.) The illustrations are creative and bring life to the story. There are lots of little details to keep children engaged even after multiple readings.
If your kids are like mine this book is for you. Brave Little Monster is a wonderful addition to my bedtime library. I personally will be giving it as a gift to several family members and friends this Christmas, because I know it will be well received -- it's a fun book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Llewellyn on October 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We read it over and over (and over) again, and my 3 year old gets a kick out of it every time. After reading this, he's not afraid of monsters anymore. I highly recommend this clever and funny book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Purchased Brave Little Monster recently and my daughter loves it!!! We've read it everyday. This book is great, brings the imaginative idea of monsters to mind without being overly scary. Would love to see more childrens books from this author. Book has awesome illustrations, and is written beautifully. Excellent Book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Redpen Girl on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We checked this book out from our local library on a whim because our daughter loves monster stories. She loved it so much, we got it for her for Christmas. We love the illustrations, the fun spin on "scary things in the night," and the parts of the book that are perfect for shouting together with our daughter as we read. It has definitely earned its place on her "favorites" shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy F. Tate on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this specifically because my son (35 months) is scared of "things" in his room at night. I believe reading this as well as doing other things has really helped! It is very cute and helps emaphasize that monsters are scared of little boys and girls.
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