Monday, January 16, 2023

Review: Are You a Monster by Guilherme Karsten


Genre: Children's 3-5
Published: February 14, 2023
Pages: 40

Are You a Monster? is a fun interactive read-aloud picture book that will have children of all ages roaring and stomping along, as Monster encourages them to be the scariest monster possible.

Warning! This book contains a monster. A really angry, really scary, really bad monster… or so the monster says. And Monster has a very important question: are you a monster too?
Children will love playing along with the book as
 monster tests them on their monster skills. Do you have a long pointy tail? Big yellow eyes? No? Can you make a big, loud noise? You can!
Kids get to 
join in with this hilarious story and play their monstrous part, and by the end Monster may just regret asking that all important question.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This was a cute little interactive book for young children. It starts off with a monster asking questions to determine if your child is a monster to be his friend. Obviously your kid won't qualify since they don't have a tail, or spikes, or pointy fingernails, so the monster is not interested...until he sees your kids big scary teeth. Then he realizes there is potential there. 

The overall feeling of the book was similar to There's a Monster at the End of This Book, so if that's one you've read with your kid and they enjoyed it, they'll probably enjoy this as well. The illustrations were minimalistic, but colorful. I would have had no problem reading the book to my kids a few times when they were younger because it really was kind of fun. 

Overall I give it 4.1 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Guilherme Karsten is an illustrator and graphic designer from Brazil. He was a finalist in Brazil’s Prêmio Jabuti literature prize, and a finalist in the Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours.

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