My Friend the Monster. Taylor, Eleanor. Bloomsbury, 2008
This cute story deals with the monster under the bed that frightens most children. Only this time, the monster is the one afraid and is hiding under the bed. The main character inadvertently scares the monster, but in the end, the two become great friends. This is a wonderful story about friendship, making friends, and accepting one another despite our differences. The text is simple and fun and the watercolor illustrations are vibrant with the text and illustrations combining in a unique way so that the text actually enhances the illustrations rather than the two being completely separate from one another.
Snugglebug is too young to understand the jest of the story, but Ladybug will be keeping this book around to read as Snugglebug gets older and begins to wonder if there is a monster under his bed.
© Becky Laney of Young Readers