Felix and the Monsters

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593110522.
PreS-Gr 2–Felix feels like he doesn’t fit in at his job as a guard on the wall. He really wants to play his keytar, not chase away the monsters that are on the other side. One day, when he’s playing his keytar, one of the monsters joins in by playing a bass guitar, and Felix finds that the monsters on the other side aren’t as dangerous as he once thought. In fact, the monsters are all producing amazing art! Even the fellow guards are impressed enough to tear down the wall. The message of getting to know people before you judge them comes through loud and clear with bright cheerful mixed media artwork. The text is simple and direct without being cloying or pandering.
VERDICT An extremely amiable picture book about acceptance and tolerance of others, and a welcome book for most shelves, this would be a great read-aloud at the beginning of the school year.

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