LEONARDO THE TERRIBLE MONSTER – View on Amazon
by Mo Willems; published (2005) by Hyperion Books for Children
What a surprise! A monster who’s TERRIBLE at being a monster. This monster can’t scare anyone!
He doesn’t have 1,642 teeth like Tony. He isn’t big like Eleanor. And not the least bit wierd like Hector. What’s a creature to do?
Easy. Find a scaredy-cat kid and scare the tuna salad out of him! (Mo’s words, not mine.) It takes a bit of research, but the unlucky target is puny, moony and always sour-faced Sam. Is poor unsuspecting Sam the perfect candidate? Not quite (as Leonardo is about to find out), and the ending is a darling denouement to a monstrous dilemma.
As usual, the illustrations are GREAT. Sam the unsuspecting is a laughable googly-eyed kid; Leonardo’s facial expressions are spot on. And Mo’s personality shines again.
If you love Mo, you’ll like his website: here.