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Mostly Monsterly Hardcover – August 31, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Look, no one's saying that Bernadette is not a monster. She looks the part (two toes, creepy necklace, etc.) and does the requisite amount of lurching, growling, and mayhem. However, Bernadette harbors what you might call a "deep... dark... secret." She has a penchant for sweetness. Whether it's petting kittens or baking muffins, she is only "mostly" monsterly. So when Bernadette starts school with the other monsters you might think she'd try to reign in her cutesy qualities. Not so much. Her classmates, in fact, are horrified as one when they see her attempt a group hug or croon into a microphone. Her cupcakes don't go over any better, and Bernadette comes to realize that though she is only mostly monsterly, sometimes you have to meet others halfway.Read more ›
It's a sweet story and the monsters aren't scary, more cute and endearing. Great book for boys and girls.
Sometimes, when she's all alone, Bernadette likes to pick flowers, and pet kittens, and do all kinds of things that aren't monsterly at all.
When Bernadette starts school all of her classmates act like total monsters but with a few secret weapons and some quick thinking Bernadette should be able to win them over and still get to be herself in Mostly Monsterly (August 2010) by Tammi Sauer and Scott Magoon (illustrator).
Sauer's writing is perfect for reading aloud with built in pauses for suspense and surprises and a lot of humor. Bernadette is a lovable monster who learns that sometimes being different is okay but some concessions might be needed to make friends. The message is never heavy handed or otherwise over the top.
Magoon's illustrations add the perfect blend of creepiness and cuteness to the story to create a book that will be perfect for any monster fans but not too scary for younger readers.
Excellent possibility for a storytime program about being yourself.
Possible Pairings: A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, Presenting . . . Talulah by Tori Spelling and Vanessa Brantley Newton
This book was received for review at Simon and Schuster's Fall 2010 preview in May.
Story is sweet, telling the story of Bernadette, a monster with some secretly nice traits. I imagine my daughter likes it b/c she's a nice kid with some monsterly traits (like an occasional scribble on the wall!). If nothing else, it's clear she identifies with Bernadette b/c she was asking again and again for the "Bernadette" story and it took a while to figure out (with my adult, title-minded brain) which book she wanted.
Anyway, it's also silly b/c her monster schoolmates don't like group hugs, nice singing, or cupcakes with sprinkles. "GROSS!" they say. But they DO like growling, lurching and causing mayhem of all kinds. There's also some "gross" (but not quite potty) humor where she ends up making cards for the monsters with some toenail clippings and sneezing on the cards. I didn't love that part at first but it fits right in with gross things that monsters like, e.g., bug parts, snail goo, and even my adventurous, creative and messy kid knows that those are the GROSS things not to do and hasn't embraced them or tried to repeat them.
I'm buying a spare copy now. We're planning to read it in her preschool for her birthday, donate the book, and serve cupcakes with sprinkles!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our 3 boys (10,4,2 years of age) beg to have daddy read this every night! A perfect book for all ages!Published 4 months ago by Avery Christiaens
my boy girl twins of 3 years old love it-- monsters can be cute and silly.Published 5 months ago by mimi521
I purchased this used and upon arrival, I had to laugh at my lack of attention to the fact that it was basically a pamphlet out of a happy meal.Published 8 months ago by abdullahi mohammed
TBT - This is MOSTLY funny with a lot of humor and silliness added in. The "Nuts & Bolts" of the story is: the only bolts are in a monster's neck and the characters are... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Terry J. Hubbard
Great book around Halloween or anytime. Kids love it as a read aloud.Published 19 months ago by Bonnie Ross