Love Monster

illus. by author. 32p. Farrar. Dec. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374346461.
PreS-Gr 1—Monster is funny-looking, slightly hairy, and googly-eyed. It doesn't help that he lives in a world of fluffy bunnies and cuddly kittens that the human children favor. Distraught, he decides to find someone to love him. After several dead ends, love finally finds him, and the two monsters walk off into the sunset holding hands. The story is sweet but somewhat bland. It is supported by a jaunty typeface and bright, cartoonlike illustrations with thick black lines.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
An odd-looking monster, who's the only non-cute creature in Cutesville, finally meets his true love (another odd-looking monster) after a long search. Bright concludes that "sometimes, when you least expect finds you," but the ending of this lightweight love story isn't particularly unexpected. The chatty narrative and bold illustrations do, however, offer humorous moments.

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