Caramel has been reading all sorts of books these days, but picture books are always among his favorites. Today he reviews for the book bunnies blog a picture book by author-illustrators Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton: How to Catch a Monster. As usual, Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what made you want to review this book?
Caramel: I like it.
S: So can you tell us what it is about?
C: It’s about a little boy who is trying to catch the monster in his closet. And then they become friends.
S: That sounds scary first and then fun later.
C: Yep. It is. Apparently the monster practices how to roar!
S: Hmm, kind of like you practicing playing an instrument or singing, right?
C: Yep, I guess so.
S: What else do you think monsters do?
C: This one burps! And his burp smells like strawberries and lime. Which is pretty disgusting.
S: Why do you think so? I like strawberries, and mixed with lime, they might make a neat chewing gum flavor for instance.
C: Yes, but thinking of it as a burp smell makes it pretty disgusting.
S: I can see that. But I am guessing that the monster’s burp smells nice because the monster is actually not a bad monster. Right?
C: Yes. That’s right!
S: Did you notice that on each two-page spread, there are four lines of text, all written in rhyme?
C: Let me see. Oh yes, that is true. There are rhyming words at the end of the second and fourth lines!
S: That would make it more fun to read out loud. Don’t you think?
C: Yes. “Yet” and “net”, “miss” and “this”, “sad” and “mad”, “mistake” and “awake”. You’re right! It would be more fun to read out loud!
S: So maybe when we are done with this review, we can read it out loud together. What do you think?
C: Okay, I like that idea!
S: So what three words would you use to describe this book?
C: “Fun”, “rhyming”, and “colorful”. Or maybe “imaginative”.
S: It is true this is a really imaginative book! A lot of little bunnies think there is a monster in their closet, or sometimes under their bed. And this book seems to play with that idea and make it fun.
S: I know you close the door to your closet every night. Would you like to think that there is a monster like this one inside?
C: I’ve checked my closet. There is no such thing in mine.
S: But say there was? Would it be fun to have a playful monster like this in there?
C: It could be cool. This monster is fun. Hmm, maybe I should check my closet again.
S: Okay, we can go look together. After you wrap up this review by saying …
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews! And also there are no monsters in my closet!