Some Monsters Are Different

illus. by author. 40p. Holt. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9519-7. LC 2012016355.
PreS-Gr 2—This title is a fresh take on the theme of accepting differences in others. Milgrim's digital drawings feature silly monsters and contrast different likes and dislikes, different personalities. On each spread, an explanatory sentence faces the creature on a stark white background. "Some monsters will eat anything" shows a blue monster with a red tongue savoring what looks like an octopus and a worm, among other delicacies. "Some are picky" features a little green monster with a pizza. Especially amusing are the speech bubbles in some of the illustrations. Though Milgrim's message is nothing new, his brightly colored, goofy characters in assorted hues and attire are appealing. The large font size will encourage reading along, and details in the illustrations will inspire children to take multiple passes through the book.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
"Some monsters are afraid. / Some are not." Page by page, Milgrim lists contrasting quirks and habits of monsters. Drawn boldly and brightly, these monsters -- more adorable and wacky than frightening -- stand out against the clean white of the pages. The visual differences in color, shape, size, types of appendages, and facial expressions reinforce the uniqueness of each monster. However, they are all "absolutely, positively, completely, perfectly wonderful. . . / just the way they are!" The message is a familiar one, but it is reassuring and transferable enough to include even the littlest monsters in your life. jennifer lu

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