If you have read my previous reviews of I’ll Wait, Mr Panda and GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES by Steve Antony then you will already be aware that I’m a huge fan. Not only do I believe he’s one of the most refreshing and insightful talents in the world of picture books, but Steve Antony is tenacious in his consistency, he simply does not have a bad book to his name! His latest publication Monster in the Hood is another triumph and of course in true Steve Antony fashion brings with it a lesson which we can all learn from.
‘COME OUT, COME OUT,
WHEREVER YOU ARE!
YOU MIGHT SCARE A
PACK OF RATS,
AND A CLOUD OF BATS,
BUT YOU WON’T SCARE US!’
Monster in the Hood follows three friends: Sammy Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog and Marvin Mouse, who have heard that there’s a monster lurking in their neighbourhood. The friends set off into the streets, unafraid, hoping to track down this monster and show him that they’re not scared. On their mission to find the monster they pass several other animals such as the rats and bats who are fleeing the monster in fear. However these encounters do not deter the brave trio who venture on and eventually come face to face with the monster himself, and soon discover the other animals were wrong to be scared. Really all the monster needed was a friend… and dinner!
This is a wonderful book full of original illustrations and a fair few laughs. In a world where we so often fear difference Steve Antony demonstrates that no matter who or what we are: a mouse, squirrel, hedgehog, a pack of rats, cloud of bats or even a great big purple monster in a hoodie, we’re the same in the most important ways. We all feel lonely, we all needs friends and no matter what others may think or say we should be there for everyone, always.
BB Rating: 4.1/5
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