Marilyn's Monster

Marilyn's Monster

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A lot of Marilyn's friends have monsters. It's the latest thing. Each one is just right for its boy or girl. Marilyn really wants a monster, too, but despite her efforts to be the kind of girl no monster could resist, hers just doesn't come. What could be taking it so long? Everyone knows you just have to wait for your monster - but the spunky and determined Marilyn thinks there may be other ways that things can work.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763660116
0763660116
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Phelan, Matt - Illustrator

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DavidCarr
Jun 07, 2016

Charming illustrations for a cleverly written book turning tables on monsters. Both my little girl and I loved reading it.

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skyekilaen
Jun 06, 2015

One of the sweetest monster books EVER. Michelle Knudsen is becoming one of my favorite children's book authors. In this soft book, schoolgirl Marilyn gets tired of waiting for her monster to find her. Everyone in her class has theirs already. So she goes to find it herself, even though that's not how things are "supposed" to work.

I love Marilyn's quiet determination. I love her kindness to her monster once she finds it. And I super-love how expressive all the faces are in this book. Phelan knows his stuff! Plus, how fun would it be if everybody had their own monster?

p.s. to the #weneeddiversebooks crowd, of which I am a proud member, I'm 90% sure that Marilyn is biracial, with a white dad and an Asian mom. At the very least, you can easily see it that way, even if it wasn't intentional.

ChristchurchLib May 25, 2015

You're supposed to let your monster come to you, but Marilyn is getting tired of waiting. All the other kids she knows have already been chosen by their monster buddies (a cute but motley crew of creatures equipped with wings, fuzz, antennae, or tentacles) -- when will it be Marilyn's turn? As her disappointment turns to frustration, Marilyn decides to take matters into her own hands. Winsome watercolour illustrations add to the sweetness and depth of this whimsical story about friendship and determination. Check out Dan Santat's Beekle (winner of the 2015 Caldecott Award) for a similar story from the perspective of an imaginary friend.

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IrishMoon
May 11, 2015

A great book to help quell "monster fears"!

Bookshopaholic Apr 25, 2015

Can a monster be your friend?

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DavidCarr
Jun 07, 2016

DavidCarr thinks this title is suitable for 2 years and over

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