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That Monster on the Block by [Sue Ganz-Schmitt, Luke Flowers]

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“This humorous, fast-paced story, narrated with clipped sentences, conveys an important, unsubtle message about the importance of accepting diversity…This entertaining tale about making new friends may also help readers conquer their fear of clowns.” Kirkus Reviews

“A closed-minded monster begins to broaden his perspective as a group of familiar Halloween characters address otherness and tolerance…With the good times rolling all around him, Monster’s resolve softens, and he starts opening up to making a friend. The proceedings are energetic and fun—with onomatopoeic words and boldly hued digital artwork that toggles between spot illustrations, smaller panels, and spreads.” Publishers Weekly

“This book also has a great message about diversity. Monster can’t wait to see what kind of creature will move into the newly vacant old house on the block—daydreaming about ogres and other dastardly potential menaces. Then, Monster and his neighbors are disappointed to learn the newest addition is actually a squeaky clown. Clown finds a way to bond with the rest of the neighborhood, and the story teaches empathy and kindness in a silly Halloween setting.” Book Riot

From the Publisher

When That Monster on the Block crossed my desk, I knew immediately that I wanted to publish it. It’s a book that’s both playful and very important.

On its face, this is a story about a new neighbor moving in. And Monster, who lives next door, is not happy about it, because (spoiler alert!) that neighbor is a clown. Clowns are creepy, right? Monster’s other neighbors all seem to agree. (To be honest, some humans I know have feelings about clowns as well.) But when Monster says uncomfortably familiar things like “There goes the neighborhood!” and “Before you know it there will be more!” we humans are exposed too.

One of the great powers of the picture book format is the simplicity with which a message can be delivered. Through the endearing characters in this story, a light shines on how terribly unfair it is to be prejudiced toward someone simply because of a group they belong to. In this case, the message is direct and honest—but not at all heavy-handed. And wouldn’t you know it, Clown turns out to be a barrel of laughs!

- Marilyn Brigham, Editor

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07YL8Z7LF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Two Lions (October 1, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8056 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
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  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 3,393 ratings

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SUE is an award-winning children’s book author, musical theater producer, SCBWI member, and philanthropist. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults. Sue has performed in RENT on Broadway, run a marathon, and pursues other improbable and exciting challenges—as often as she can.

Her books include THAT MONSTER ON THE BLOCK, NOW, I'M A BIRD, PLANET KINDERGARTEN, PLANET KINDERGARTEN:100 DAYS IN ORBIT, THE PRINCESS AND THE PEANUT: A ROYALLY ALLERGIC FAIRYTALE, and EVEN SUPERHEROES GET DIABETES.

Sue has served as a NASA Social Media correspondent, a volunteer for The Planetary Society, and a space advocate representing the Space Exploration Alliance to Congress. She has also written and produced a STEAM video featured by The Planetary Society (The Galaxy Girls Save Pluto).

You can often find Sue at her home in the Los Angeles mountains with her eyes to the stars.

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Craig M Sisterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful kids story with vivid, fun illustrations
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So colourful and fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with a good message
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Monique Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my younger brother
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