Marilyn's Monster

Marilyn's Monster

Book - 2015
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The best-selling author of Library Lion pairs with award-winning illustrator Matt Phelan to create a picture book gem with an unexpected twist.

Some of the kids in Marilyn's class have monsters. Marilyn doesn't have hers yet, but she can't just go out and look for one. Your monster has to find you. That's just the way it works. Marilyn tries to be patient and the kind of girl no monster can resist, but her monster doesn't come. Could she go out and search for him herself? Even if that's not the way it works? From favorite picture-book creators Michelle Knudsen and Matt Phelan comes a story about one little girl and the perfect monster she knows is out there . . . and what happens when she decides she's waited long enough.
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780763660116
Characteristics: unpaged pages 22.5 cm

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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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