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Oct 05 2017

I want to be in a scary story by Sean Taylor

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Ill. by Jean Jullien. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406363463
(Age: 3-7) Recommended. Little Monster wants to be in a scary story. He asks the author to help him but as the story is constructed from Little Monster's requests, he gets too scared and wants changes to the plot.
Eventually the monster wants a funny story but the author has his own fun by putting in a few surprises. In the end, the big revelation for the reader is made by Little Monster himself.
This is an entertaining book and younger children love the stories that seem to be written in front of them. Press here by Herve Tullet and The book with no pictures by B J Novak both have that interactive feel and are hugely popular in my school library.
I think children will relate to monster's fear of being scared and laugh at the tricks that are played on both the monster and the narrator or reader.
The pictures are bold and brightly coloured and the font is coloured purple when the (purple) monster speaks, making it easier for children to understand who is talking. The monster is cute and looks young and his facial expressions in the illustrations make it clear when he is scared or anxious about what is coming up next.
I enjoyed this humorous picture book and I am sure younger children will be delighted with it too.
I recommend this book for 3 to 7 year olds.
Jane Moore

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