* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…
Today’s great book: My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck with illustrations by Mark Buehner (1999, HarperTrophy)
Time to Read: short and funny; bedtime or anytime
Summary: from the back cover…”At once tender and funny, this monster bedtime story is guaranteed to generate giggles, tickles, and plenty of monster hugs.”
Best Quote: “And when the moon sets in the sky, she sings a monster lullaby of things that shriek and moan and creep – soothing things to help me sleep.”
Our View: The wonderfully intricate illustrations filled with detail and color and coupled with the rhythmic, sing-song style of the text really do make this a special “monster” style book for children and their families. When I first used it in my student teaching work with kindergartners, it helped diminish the scary mystery that simply comes from that word – monster – and helped them find some commonalities among themselves and this sweet monster child (who is even scared of human children!) in this story. This week, when I asked my own daughters which Halloween book we should review and create a recipe for, they immediately remembered this book, which we had not read in several years – so it must have made an impression on them and will make a great one on you and your kids, too.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Monster Mama” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.