Marilyn's Monster

Marilyn's Monster

Book - 2015
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Trying to be patient as one of the only kids in her class who has not been chosen by a pet monster, little Marilyn decides to search for her monster even though she is supposed to wait to let a monster choose her.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780763660116
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Phelan, Matt


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May 15, 2019

Refreshing to find a story where monsters are desirable instead of scary! Everyone wants a monster!

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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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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