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Wonderful, Fun To Read; Beautiful, Vivid Illustrations ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2014
"How to Catch a Monster" is a delightful book that will engage and amuse young readers and listeners. Michael Yu has given that audience a book to which they may relate and from which they may "learn a lesson". The excellent writing adds value to this book and provides an example of what a book should be to those aspiring writers of children's books.
Eric, the main character of "How to Catch a Monster", is himself a "monster". His obstinate refusal to get ready for bed and then to stay there are actions that all parents have experienced. His clever mother gives him a plate of cookies with which he can lure the monster and teaches Eric a poem that will "call" a monster from under the bed. Repeated successes end in Eric discovering the monster's secret and in his going willingly to bed.
The vividly colored illustrations are appealing and enhance the impact of the narrative. They have depth and dimension rather than appearing as though they are flat cartoons as do many illustrations in current children's books.
"How to Catch a Monster" is fun to read and even more fun to read to a toddler who may be Eric's "doppelganger". It makes its point and will have the child laughing as he/she learns a valuable lesson.