Mostly Monsterly

Mostly Monsterly

Book - 2010
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On the outside, Bernadette is a lot like the other monsters in her class but when she shows that she can be sweet, her classmates reject her until she finds a way to fit in again.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416961109
1416961100
Branch Call Number: JU E SAU
Additional Contributors: Magoon, Scott - Illustrator

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 16, 2013

I would hand this to the girl that finds herself in a family of brothers only. I would hand it to the kid who finds his or herself to be the only sane person in a sea of disobeying twits. I’d give it to the kid who has monsterish instincts of their own, and the one who would never purposefully disobey but can at least give themselves permission to dream about it a little. Heck, I’d give it to everybody. It’s not your usual “be yourself” moral, and I think that kids can seriously appreciate that.

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BeckBe
Oct 18, 2012

Full disclosure: I may not be the book's target audience, as an adult, but I find this book lovely - it's beautifully written and illustrated, has a charming story that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and a great message about being yourself. Check it out!

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 16, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 16, 2013

Look, no one’s saying that Bernadette is not a monster. She looks the part (two toes, creepy necklace, etc.) and does the requisite amount of lurching, growling, and mayhem. However, Bernadette harbors what you might call a “deep… dark… secret.” She has a penchant for sweetness. Whether it’s petting kittens or baking muffins, she is only “mostly” monsterly. So when Bernadette starts school with the other monsters you might think she’d try to reign in her cutesy qualities. Not so much. Her classmates, in fact, are horrified as one when they see her attempt a group hug or croon into a microphone. Her cupcakes don’t go over any better, and Bernadette comes to realize that though she is only mostly monsterly, sometimes you have to meet others halfway. So she’ll make everyone in the class cards… but they’ll be gross. And she’ll get a group hug…. Underneath a monster pile-on. Sometimes she’s monsterly and sometimes she’s sweet and both are perfectly a-okay when doled out carefully.

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