Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The problem with not being scared of monsters

The problem with not being scared of monsters

Dan Richards
Illustrator:  Robert Neubecker 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Boyds Mills Press, 2014   ISBN: 978-1620910245

Most children are scared of monsters and it is a natural reaction to have. After all, monsters are frightening creatures that have big teeth, tentacles, long hair, horns, and they are always a lot bigger that the average child.

There is one boy who is not afraid of monsters. You would think that this would be a good thing, but he does not agree. When a person is not afraid of monsters the monsters think that he or she is “one of them.” In short, the monsters treat you the way they would treat any other monster, which means that they share your bed, steal your breakfast, play with you at recess (whether you want them to or not), eat your homework, hog the bath, and wear your favorite pajamas. The whole not-being-afraid-of-monsters thing is a big nuisance. What is a person who is plagued by overly friendly monsters supposed to do to get a little peace and quiet?

Being bothered by monsters because they consider you a friend is not a problem many of us have, and children who are partial to monsters are going to be intrigued to meet the main character in this book. They will be very curious to find out how the boy solves his monster problem, and will laugh when the see the way things work out at the end of the story.