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Mostly Monsterly Hardcover – Picture Book, August 31, 2010
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When the time comes for Bernadette to go to Monster Academy, she's just a teensy bit nervous. Her classmates just don't understand her. They'd rather uproot trees than sing friendship songs. And they prefer fried snail goo to Bernadette's homemade cupcakes with sprinkles. Can Bernadette find a way to make friends at school and still be herself?
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Illustrated edition (August 31, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416961100
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416961109
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD480L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Story is sweet, telling the story of Bernadette, a monster with some secretly nice traits. I imagine my daughter likes it b/c she's a nice kid with some monsterly traits (like an occasional scribble on the wall!). If nothing else, it's clear she identifies with Bernadette b/c she was asking again and again for the "Bernadette" story and it took a while to figure out (with my adult, title-minded brain) which book she wanted.
Anyway, it's also silly b/c her monster schoolmates don't like group hugs, nice singing, or cupcakes with sprinkles. "GROSS!" they say. But they DO like growling, lurching and causing mayhem of all kinds. There's also some "gross" (but not quite potty) humor where she ends up making cards for the monsters with some toenail clippings and sneezing on the cards. I didn't love that part at first but it fits right in with gross things that monsters like, e.g., bug parts, snail goo, and even my adventurous, creative and messy kid knows that those are the GROSS things not to do and hasn't embraced them or tried to repeat them.
I'm buying a spare copy now. We're planning to read it in her preschool for her birthday, donate the book, and serve cupcakes with sprinkles!
It's a sweet story and the monsters aren't scary, more cute and endearing. Great book for boys and girls.