Beware the Monster
Beware the Monster
This book contains a Monster with a
Great Big Appetite!
Ah, There he is!
Well, yes, He does look pretty small
But that’s because he’s far away.
Be very quiet,
Or you’ll wake him!
Little ones and those reading to them are in for a real treat with this insatiable monster. Instructions are directed towards the readers. We are given fair warning that this is no ordinary beast. Because he will eat everything in sight, we are advised to be careful not to draw his attention. Of course, once this demon is awake, it is too late. Apples, leaves, trees, why even cows do not stand a chance with his enormous appetite… even YOU! The dialogue with the reader includes further guidance: “I think you’d better hide” and “Close the book”.
Slowly the monstrosity grows in size and capacity as he binges on everything in site, and...then the fearsome Monster speaks directly to the reader: “Well, well a little child, my favourite dish!”
Now the reader is actually part of the story itself… and the real question becomes… Will YOU become the hungry monster’s next meal? Could he possibly have room for You? So reader, BEWARE!! The surprise ending will have readers, young and old, chuckling.
Clever and full of hilarity, the text which can hardly contain itself varies in size, boldness, and caps and mimics the content of the tale while increasing the entertainment value of this story. It is truly an encouragement to those reading to little ones to use this emphasis when reading the story aloud. Parents and teachers will note that this monster with a peculiar appetite for children is no real threat to its primary audience.
The comic illustrations are sketch-like, busy and brightly coloured. The cows, in particular, are adorable. The creativity of the illustrator helps to fully engage the reader, with several of the animals making timid sound effects. As the story in Beware the Monster! progresses, the ferocious and increasingly threatening monster engulfs the entire page. The action and playfulness of the story are well- served by these delightful drawings.
Reesa Cohen is a retired Instructor of Children’s Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba.