Little Monsters

Random. (Step into Reading). Jul. 2022. 32p. adapted by adapt. by Nicole Johnson. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780736490276; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780736443081.
Gr 1-3–This adaptation of the film Monsters, Inc. and its sequel Monsters University is categorized as written for students who have made or are ready to make the transition into independent reading. Regarding those standards, Johnson chose appropriate words that readers at this level will be able to read or decode independently. The number of words per page is also aligned with the expectations set by the Step Into Reading program for a Level 3 book. The vivid and lively digital illustrations are inspired by scenes from the films. Children who are familiar with the movies will enjoy reading this book, as the key story elements match. However, children who are not familiar with the movies will find it difficult going while trying to read independently. For example, the text mentions that the little monsters will be joining a “MIFT group,” but nowhere in the text does it explain what this acronym means. For children who have seen the films and can decode the character names, this book may provide a perfect opportunity to begin reading independently. With ample background knowledge, readers can focus on decoding and choosing words to best match their knowledge of plot.
VERDICT Readers who have seen the film Monsters, Inc. will be able to find this book enjoyable and make meaning while reading.

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