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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

October 2009


In honor of Halloween, this month we've chosen some of our favorite books about MONSTERS-- hairy, green, froggy, and otherwise!



The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing

written and illustrated by Shaun Tan


What do you do when you’re the only one who notices a fantastical monster on the beach? Well, you find out where it belongs, of course, which is just what the protagonist of this curiously illustrated story does. The clever, conversational tone will keep older children and adults interested, and the collage-like artwork is fascinating for everyone.






Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

written and illustrated by Ed Emberley


What these vividly colored shapes going to turn into? Will it be scary? What will I do when it all appears? You can say, "You don't scare me! So go away, big green monster!" Cleverly constructed in a way that young children can understand and face some of their fears of the monsters lurking in their room at nighttime. A fun book to read together.





There Are Monsters Everywhere

There Are Monsters Everywhere

written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer


Dealing with lots of monsters creates a lot of stress in a little boy's life. Could learning karate help make life a bit simpler? Read this cute book and find out.




Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak



Where the Wild Things Are is often regarded as a masterpiece in children's literature.  It tells the story of a boy named Max who is sent to his room where he encounters various monsters or "wild things."  He is made "the King of all Wild Things," but soon feels lonely and is back in his room.  I especially enjoy Sendak's illustrations of the fearsome "wild things" in this Caldecott Medal winner.  Indeed, with the upcoming film of Where the Wild Things Are, the "wild rumpus" is about to begin at a theater near you!

-Mrs. Weicher



Beware of the Frog

Beware of the Frog

written and illustrated by William Bee


Mrs. Collywobbles lives on the edge of a deep, dark wood. She has only her little pet frog to protect her. Many monsters come through and laugh off her cautionary sign, "BEWARE OF THE FROG"-- but boy, is that a mistake! Features repetitive elements that kids will love, plus a surprise ending that you will never see coming!

A 2009 American Library Association Notable Book for Children




Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

collected by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

J 398.2 SCHWA

All the classic spooky stories in one volume, including my favorite-- "The Big Toe." Stephen Gammell's illustrations add to the creepiness!

-Mrs. Jarombek



Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

written and illustrated by Keith Graves


Very silly, gross stuff! As Frank dances, his head unzips and his brain falls out!!

-Mrs. Kennedy



 Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.

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