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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Petite Grande Idée (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061545934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615459349
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Midwest Book Review, September 10, 2012:
"Joyful and upbeat from cover to cover, My Monster Burrufu is an excellent pick for beginning to intermediate readers, highly recommended."

Kirkus Reviews, July 18, 2012:
"Corral is a lively storyteller. The book shines in Corral's depiction of Olivia's exuberance and Burrufu's deep layers: a touch of melancholy, a tender heart and a resigned understanding that the larger world will never see past what I look like. The tale shines with lively prose and engaging illustrations."

She Saved, July 2, 2012:
"It's DARLING!!  Burrufu (which is just fun to say!) is a monster that lives in the secret attic of Olivia's new home. This book is not only fun to read and share, but has a great message about overcoming fears and creating friendships. This one just warmed my heart ... great read."

Simply Stacie, December 10, 2011:
"While it is full of exciting adventures, I appreciate that it's also subtly teaching about important values too. The story is creative and imaginative. My Monster Burrufu is a wonderful and heart-warming tale for children of all ages and would make a delightful holiday gift idea or stocking stuffer."

Parka Blogs, October 6, 2011:
"It's a charming story about their friendship, one with some surprises as the monster has some secrets of its own. The illustrations from Alessandra Sorrentino are so beautiful I want to squeeze them. The book's an enjoyable read. Recommended. "

From the Back Cover

Seven-year-old Olivia has just moved to a new house -- the same house where a lonely monster named Burrufu lives hidden in a secret attic. One night, unable to resist the smell of delicious cookies, Burrufu sneaks out and is discovered by Olivia. The two soon learn that you can find friendship in the most unexpected places. 'My Monster Burrufu' is a story of overcoming fear, a curse, and a most unusual monster who learns from a little girl how to trust his heart.

More About the Author

Spanish born Alberto Corral is an animator at DreamWorks Animation Studio whose film credits include titles such as 'Shrek Forever After' (2010), 'Kung Fu Panda 2' (2011), 'Madagascar 3' (2012) and 'Planet 51'(2009) amongst others.
In 2009, after he moved to Los Angeles, Alberto started to develop other artistic areas such as screenwriting, film directing and in 2011 he published his first novel, 'My Monster Burrufu'.
He currently lives in Glendale, California, where he has already begun work on his second book.

Customer Reviews

It was a great first time chapter book read.
Michael C. Walling
I really enjoyed this book as it is a very cute story with adorable illustrations randomly scattered throughout the book.
Moms Bookshelf
I highly recommend this book to any kids around that age.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Textbook Mommy on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
My daughter is 9 years old and she absolutely loved this book! It has a wonderful balance of pictures mixed in with the chapters, making it fun and easy to read! As a mom I love the message behind the story, "don't judge someone on the outside". I would recommend this book to any family with young readers!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jess Shevlin on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
My Monster Burrufu is a storybook about a young girl who finds more than just dust in the attic of her new home. By the way, did you know that monsters are good luck? Well, now you know.

This is an enchanting story about an outgoing, unique and friendly little girl who tries with all of her might to befriend a very reclusive monster, who just wants to be left alone in his lonely attic to write his stories and eat stolen chocolate chip cookies. The book is peppered with beautifully drawn black and white illustrations, and the dialogue is enhanced by increases and decreases in font size to indicate yelling and whispering tones. It's a sweet story that is fun to read, especially out loud in different voices!

This story has a very important central moral: don't judge someone by how they look; it's what's inside that counts. It's a kind of "don't judge a monster by his fur" type of moral, which is applicable to children and adults alike.

My Monster Burrufu was created by Alberto Corral, a character animator at Dreamworks Animation. He, like Burrufu, also loves dessert. Alberto told me, "I love movies and stories in any form. That passion took me to write a children's book."

My 10 month old daughter Lily is too young to yet appreciate the moral of the story (it is geared toward the 8-12 age range), but she loved hearing the story and looking at the pictures. As she gets older, I think we'll read the story while baking batches of chocolate chip cookies... This is truly a tale that children and parents can all enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I.Gonzalez Pile�o on September 22, 2011
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My Monster Burrufu is a great read for Parents to share with their kids. The book is also perfect for kids to read on their own and get spellbound by the heart warming adventures of Olivia a 7 years old little girl and his unexpected new friend Burrufu.

My Monster Burrufu is written in a way that appeals to children but without talking down to them, the readers will find plenty of situations that children can identify with.

The book also has wonderful illustrations full of charm and details that will complete the reading experience and will help the children get to know their new best friend, a sweet monster named Burrufu.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jared Castle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:04 Mins
This book is a fun adventure from Alberto Corral, a light, breezy book for young children and parents in search of short chapters for bedtime reading. We were blessed to receive a free copy to review from the author himself.

Seven-year old Olivia teaches us to trust our heart as she reaches out to a sheltered monster named Burrufu. The whimsical story was a welcome break from our--my 9-year old and 8-year old sons and myself--summer run of classic stories. A melancholy had set upon us after reading the weightier coming-of-age stories from Wilson Rawls and William H. Armstrong.

My Monster Burrufu is a simpler story but an enjoyable read. The book clocks in at just over 80 pages and 10 chapters; we quickly finished the tale in a couple nights of bedtime reading. Illustrator Alessandra Sorrentino brings a contemporary, cartoonish touch that balances nicely with the narrative. Our favorite illustration is on page 34, which shows a thank you note Olivia drew for Burrufu after she read his book. You can see the illustration for yourself by using Amazon's "Click to Look Inside" feature on the book's main page.

So, why not a five-star review? Well, the book could use more editing to smooth awkward transitions in the story. The book also relies too much on the gimmick of altering the font style and size for expression instead of letting the writing speak for itself. These are minor quibbles that most readers might not care about.

More importantly, Corral succeeds in bringing his two main characters, Olivia and Burrufu, to life.

Rating: Four stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to admit, I get some warm fuzzies just by looking at the cover of this book. It seemed like a great book to read with my eight-year-old daughter, and I was not disappointed in that regard. She really seemed to eat this book up, laughing at some sections, feeling sad and distressed in others, and ultimately loving the ending. I also enjoyed reading it, particularly because it never felt dumbed-down to me, which is a major, major flaw in some children's books. Some spoilers ahead.

My favorite part of this book is the character of Burrufu. He is just awesome. I expected him to be a warm and cuddly monster, so I was pretty thrilled to find that he was rather curmudgeonly and really only wanted to be left alone to work on his manuscripts. A monster who has a passion for writing books! Seriously, what's not to love about that? He was a fresh character, one who had to be reluctantly coaxed into a relationship with the charming, precocious, and adorable Olivia. I loved that they weren't instantly best friends. I loved that Burrufu sometimes just wanted her to go away but, in the end, was ultimately unable to resist her charms.

And Olivia is charming. She's blithely oblivious in that way that only kids can be, and she's a wonderful vehicle for showcasing the innocence of childhood, where it doesn't really matter how you look, as long as you like to play. Olivia was a joy of a character, and I was highly entertained by her selective attention to detail--namely, she only paid attention to the things she wanted to hear.

This is ultimately a really nice story about friendship and how it can transcend barriers. This is always a lovely message for children, particularly when it's done in such a fun and engaging way.
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