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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Hardcover – August 23, 2005
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Meet Leonardo. Leonardo has a problem. As any child familiar with the concept of monsters knows (or who has seen "Monsters, Inc", anyway) the job of that particular creature is to be scary. In this respect, Leonardo fails miserably. He just ain't a fright. When he attempts to do so he earns patronizing looks of the awww-isn't-the-little-fella-cute variety. Other monsters either look or act in a disturbing manner. Not our Leo. Fully aware that he needs a plan of some sort, Leonardo decides to locate, "the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world" and frighten the bejeezus out of 'em. Sam is that kid. When Leonardo attempts to scare Sam it seems at first as if it has worked.Read more ›
My English teacher read this book to us in class and I thought it was the greatest and funny.
My favorite part was when Leonardo made his first friend.
I recommend this book for all kids.
I also like this book by Mo Willems: Edwina The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct.
I hope you like it too.
I have to admit, I'm a little (but not much) outside the suggested reading range for this book, which according to author Mo Willems is 3 to 36. Alas, I was 37 at the time I read it. I will attempt not to let this affect my judgment in any way.
Leonardo is a monster who's incapable of scaring the tuna salad out of anyone. (And if nothing else, the phrase "I'm going to scare the tuna salad out of him!" is worth the price of admission here.) This makes him, of course, a terrible monster. Leonardo hatches a plan: find the scardest kid he can and scare him. He finds a possible target, and... well, that's a spoiler.
It's a cute little book, nothing earth-shaking (except for the tuna salad line), but a quick bit of fun to read to the kids. Pull a copy out of your local library before laying out the cash to see how your kids take to it, but I think they'll get a kick out of Leonardo. ***
"YOUR PAL MO WILLEMS PRESENTS"
followed by the book title, but Mr. Willems has a well-placed confidence in his rapport with kids. Willems somehow grasps the soul of a toddler, and his writing and pictures appeal to this age group at a very deep level. His writing and pictures are so tuned in that he seems like a real friend; a friendly, somewhat goofy friend that you want to keep.
Here he gets to an issue close to any youngster's heart--Monsters! KIds are afraid of the monster outside and (on another level) inside, and they frequent their nightmares and fantasy play. The always creative WIllems takes this fact and turns it inside out: What if there were a monster who was bad at what he did, who couldn't scare even the most timid "scaredy-cat?" Here, that cat is a "poor, unsuspecting" boy named Sam, shown in the lower lefthand corner of an otherwise blank 2-page spread). After woefully comparing himself to more scary monsters (which gives Willems a chance to draw a few), Leonardo vows to scare the "tuna salad" out of him. (This phrase is a surefire laugh magnet.) Leonardo succeeds in making Sam cry ("I did it! I've finally scared the tuna salad out of someone!"), but Sam makes other excuses for his tears in two-pages of crowded (and slightly difficult to read because of Willems' low contrast colors) testimony, including references to a stolen action figure, a stubbed toe, and a pooping cockatoo. Sam's list of bad times draws Leonardo's sympathy, and he decides that "instead of being a terrible monster, he would become a wonderful friend"--although he reserves the right to playfully scare Sam once in a while.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leonardo IS a terrible monster, because he's terrible at being a monster. He just isn't scary. But Leonardo learns, with the help of a little boy named Sam, that he is GREAT at... Read morePublished 6 days ago by gypsyrebel
This book is a gem. It teaches your child that no matter what, your child will be loved for being who they are. The illustrations are scary but in a friendly way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristine Thomas
This is my three year old son's current favorite book. It's a very simple story with very subtle, simple illustrations and a limited color palette. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kate Rodgers
Very cute story that we enjoy to read as much as our toddler loves hearing it. Just purchase and check out the other Mo Willems books as well, you will happy you did!Published 6 months ago by Stephanie G.
One of my favorite books from Mo Williams. It has such a great story about a little monster that cannot scare anybody, but meets a little boy named Sam and he ends up with a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Art Vandalay
This is one of our favorite books. I highly recommend all Mo Willems books! My kids love them all but this one is truly special.Published 6 months ago by T. S.
I love all of the Mo WIllems books, but Leonardo holds a special place in my heart. It is a HUGE book and tells a sweet story about friendship. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RHiro