Author: By Mo Williams
Hyperion Books for Children, fiction, 2005
For ages three to thirty-six
Theme: feelings, friendship, acceptance, humor, problem solving.
Reading activities: from http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/westonwoods/study_guides/leonardo_terrible_monster.pdf , where you’ll find drawing and discussion activities and also listing ideas on what makes a good friend.
From the jacket: “Leonardo is a terrible monster – terrible at being a monster that is. Despite his best efforts, he can’t seem to frighten anyone. But when Leonardo discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he finally scare the tuna salad out of him? Or will he think of something better?”
Opening sentence: “Leonardo was a terrible monster, he couldn’t scare anyone.”
Why I love it: This book is wonderful for those kids afraid of monsters and afraid of going to sleep at night. It is a reassuring book. Monsters are given a humorous personality.The illustrations are even more intriguing than the text. The monsters in the illustrations are wonderfully crafted images of the most fearsome ones imagined, but the pastel colors and facial expressions make for monsters that can be laughed at.
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