book review

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

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Simple text and illustrations help tell this story, in which the reader finds that things are not always what they seem.  Monsters are not always scary, and kids who cry are not always scaredy cats.  Take Leonardo and Sam, for example.  Leonardo is a monster who can not scare people–he is too small, doesn’t have enough teeth, and isn’t weird enough.  But he is determined, as he practices his scare technicques and finally looks through piles of books to find a kid he can scare.  He finds Sam, and appears to have scared him, and Sam begins to cry.  But Sam is not the scaredy cat he seems.  Instead, the reader finds out that Sam is a frustrated kid with lots of problems, and a tummy ache, too.  And that’s when Leonardo and Sam once again do the unexpected–they become friends.  A funny tale that demonstrates to kids the importance of determination, understanding, and friendship.

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