Larry the Lollipop Monster has made a special lollipop for his friend, Sanford. He and Zabby head to Sanford’s house, when they find a monster hanging from a tree, upside-down. They free him and find out his name is Clem, and that he’s a klutz when he gets excited.
The three monsters arrive at Sanford’s house, and Larry gives Sanford his birthday gift. But Clem becomes too excited, with disastrous results. Sanford is angry that Clem has ruined his birthday, and says hurtful things. Clem leaves, feeling sad. But Larry and Zabby talk to Sanford, and he decides to make amends with Clem.
The Lollipop Monster Meets Clem the Klutz is beautifully illustrated in bright, cheerful colors. The message tries to encourage kids to be kind and learn to say they’re sorry, but the story itself lacks substance. Additional conflict or a surprising resolution would have made this a more exciting read for kids.
Reviewer: Alice Berger