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We originally got this book free in a box of Cheerios -- great annual promotion by the way ... watch for it! -- but we HAD to buy the real book after my daughter fell in love with it.
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!
I purchased this book for work to demonstrate to my graduate students how to incorporate literature into speech-language therapy sessions for young school age children. This book is a joy to use for teaching Tier 2 vocabulary words and social skills. The story and the illustrations are very clever. I can't wait to look at other books by this author.
My boys LOVE this story! We actually got a small paperback version of it in a Cheerios box and my son was so enamored with it that he loved it to shreds! He had the book memorized at 20 months old. I decided to buy it in hard cover so my second son could enjoy it as well.
We originally got this book free out of a giant cereal box. She was a little past 2 then and she wore the book out. We found it here on amazon and got it for her again. she is a little past three and takes better care of her books. Its a really cute story a boy or a girl will love.
This is a delightful story about being true to yourself even when that means you are just a little different. The story and text are charming and whimsical, and the illustrations are beautiful. It's one of my daughter's favorites (she's 22 months old) and one of mine too. Would give it 20 stars if that were an option.