Leonardo the Terrible Monster

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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.

And Mo’s cute ‘n colorful blog, right here.

 

 

 

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