Mind Your Monsters

Mind Your Monsters
Author: Catherine Bailey
Illustrator: Oriol Vidal
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4549-1103-6
Pages: 32
Price: $14.95

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The monsters have invaded the little town, and they’ve created chaos everywhere. They’ve chased the mail carrier, scared kids at the park, and generally terrorized the people. The townsfolk tried to ignore the monsters but it finally got too hard, and one day they all decided to pack up and leave. But a giant ogre blocked the only road out and the other monsters destroyed boats and planes. The people were trapped with the monsters and there was no way out.

Wally suddenly had a bright idea. He asked the monsters to stop being destructive, and they finally listened. Soon every one of the monsters was friendly and well-behaved, and the townspeople grew to love them. Everyone wanted to know his secret in getting through to the monsters. Wally had remembered the magic word!

Remembering to say “please” and “thank you” is difficult for young children. Mind Your Monsters reminds them of the terrible consequences of forgetting this important concept in a fun and original way. The illustrations of these monsters are particularly cute, also, and make this story a really enjoyable, non-preachy read for kids. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger