5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing illustrations!!, July 22, 2012 By jwitt33 - See all my reviews This review is from: Marlow and the Monster (Kindle Edition) I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. First off, let me say that I've read Sharon Cramer's books before and I've enjoyed every one, especially the illustrations, but more importantly my son, who is my test subject when it comes to children's books, has loved them all, so I was really looking forward to reading this book to him. Sharon's books always have awesome illustrations, but I think this one is my favorite - the pictures are in black and white, except for the monster, who is in color. This represents the fact that only kids can see monsters because only kids still believe in them! This book was also my son's favorite, because what little boy doesn't love reading about monsters? The difference with this book is that Marlow isn't at all afraid of the monster (even thought the monster keeps insisting that he's really very scary!), he's just really really annoyed with him! And he's frustrated with his parents because every time he calls for them, they tell him that monsters aren't real, and then they blame him for the mishaps that the monster causes! Marlow thinks really hard about this and comes up with the brilliant idea of foisting the monster off on his little sister! This is a wonderfully written and illustrated book, and my only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! The Kindle copy doesn't do the illustrations justice, so I will definitely be buying a finished copy :) --Amazon Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding July 4, 2012 By Tinamom3 Format:Kindle Edition Another outstanding book from Sharon Cramer. The illustrations in this one are delightful to the eye, appealing to both child and adult readers. A great story as well...reminiscent of ET... as the little sister is able to see through the scariness to simply another playmate. Amazing that Ms Cramer is able to both illustrate and write these charming childrens books. A new family favorite. --Amazon Book reviews
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and wonderful illustrations July 29, 2012 By Lynda Coker Format:Kindle Edition Breeze's Review: This was a very cute story that I read with my three-year-old daughter. She enjoyed the story but most importantly she was very entertained by the details in the illustration. I appreciated that the monster was in color and the rest of the illustration was in black in white, it helps children to follow along with the story. The dialog between Marlow and the Monster kept our attention and we enjoyed reading the story together. The author did a great job with the illustrations. Lynda's Thoughts: Is there more to a person than our first impression tells us? Do we need to look beyond the obvious when making friends, allowing ourselves to get to know a person better before dismissing them? These are lessons Marlow learns while dealing with his troublesome visitor. I appreciated the fact that fear wasn't a motivating factor, as we've come to expect in stories about monsters. Rather, it was the monsters personality and initial pesky attempts at getting Marlow's attention that moves this story forward. All together a great read and visual experience. The Kindle edition is available now and we are eagerly awaiting the release of the print edition. We give this book five stars! BETWEEN THE PAGES BLOG REVIEW --Between the Pages Blog Review
About the Author
Sharon Cramer is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, three-book series, Cougar Cub Tales. She is also the author of newly released (August 10, 2012) Marlow and the Monster, and is working on a new young adult series called The Cerulean Star. A native New Yorker, Cramer lived throughout the United States before settling in the Pacific Northwest. She is also a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, working part-time. But, Cramer says she lives for writing and painting her two passions. Cramer earned a BS in Science and Nursing from Idaho State University and a Master s in Anesthesia and Education from Gonzaga University. She lives in Spokane, Wash. An artist at heart, she also studied art and design at the University of Houston. She has three grown sons and lives with her husband in Spokane, Wash.