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My Book of Monsters

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A great wizard paints monsters, but alas, they escaped from his papers. With rhyming phrases, and great illustration, we can see different monsters, with no resemblance at all. With beautiful illustrations, we can enjoy this book of funny monsters (instead of scarry ones we saw in other books.)
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A creative child paints monsters who come to life. This is a fun, creative, and engaging story that has lots of funny creatures and embraces imagination. 

Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other fashion for the review and the opinions reflected below are entirely my own. Special thanks to the publisher and author for providing the copy.
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The book is well written and kept my boy engaged during the flight. Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC.
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My Book of Monsters was such a cute book. My granddaughter loves monsters so this book was a real hit. A young wizard/boy loves to draw monsters/creatures until suddenly they come alive. At that point the book came alive. Each page described the various monsters, what they did, how they moved, what they looked like etc. These descriptions are told in rhyme with a wonderful and easy cadence to read aloud. For my granddaughter, it was the illustrations that made this book. She spent lots of time looking at the detailed images and asking if I noticed this or that. Then I would read the 4 line stanza again and she would see how it matched the pictures. There were a lot of laughs and we read the book a few times. A hit for monster lovers everywhere.
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This is a sing song, rhyming book about a kid and the monsters that they drew. The book rhymes decently well but it trips over its cadence repeatedly and ends abruptly at least in the form of cadence. The other problem I have is that sometimes the way the words are written hides in amongst the illustration and it’s hard to read. Overall, this book was lovely for any time of the year. However, once again, I don’t see it becoming a classic.
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I received an arc of this tile from NetGalley for an honest review. A young boy draws pictures of monsters, and then suddenly, the room shakes, and out the monsters come. Lots of funny-looking creatures make this a fun read for little ones.
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This fun picture book brings readers into a wonderful world of Monsters! The many silly monsters described in this book are interesting and exciting for young readers. The book is rhyming and also has some really great word choice and vocabulary. Young children will love having this book be part of a shared reading experience with their families. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this delightful book!
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I have to give this respect for having incredibly cute verse and timing, even with the translation. But I also have to deduct a star because the translator was not given credit by the publication. Just the publisher's name appears under the copyright, so name the translators! 

However, we desperately need more picture books like this one. A child could read this book repeatedly and never grow weary of it, in my opinion.
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"My Book of Monsters" by Ine de Volder is such a sweet book. I have enjoyed the words that rhyme. It can be the new nursery rhyme for children or a cute Halloween read with an activity.
Also, the illustrations are wonderful.
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Jump into a world of monsters! Some have mustaches, beards, one eye, many eyes.. they’ve jumped off of the page and now they’re alive. 

This book features a simple rhyming scheme and excellent vocabulary. Between that and creepy crawly monsters, there’s plenty to spark conversation between you and your young reader.

This book is recommended for ages 4+. You could probably challenge a toddler with it if only to let them hear all of the fun vocab words.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Absolutely charming, silly, and gorgeous book. The cadence and rhyming is incredibly catchy, and the descriptions and personalities of the monsters are charming. It leads by example in regards to helping kids learn how to use artwork as effective storytelling tools by doing exactly that with its illustrations. It’s very interactive and engaging! This would be excellent for a class read aloud in elementary school or a library story time. Perfect also for families to enjoy in Halloween season and then make their own monsters together as a family and write their own rhymes.
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I was looking for a book to get my kiddo excited for spooky season.  The fun rhymes made it easy for my early reader to figure out the words.  We had to take a break from reading to laugh at some of the pictures.  I liked how the book directly engages the reader.  Most importantly, my son wanted to read it again and again. A soon to be classic Halloween story. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Clavis Publishing for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was really cute and I have to give it props for great verse and timing even through the translation. But  I also must take a star for the publication not crediting the translator.  In the copyright, it just says it was translated by the publisher... give me names!

This is, however, a super fun picture book and we need those.  I can see a child reading this book over and over again and never getting tired of it.
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My Book of Monsters was a great read for those of us who love quirky monsters.  My 4- and 7-year-old loved this story tonight at bedtime.  The illustrations are fun and silly.  We spent most of the time looking at the monsters and always found one we missed when we would go back for a second look.  This is just the right mix of monsters (nothing scary or creepy) and fun rhyming.  This is going to be a story we go back to read throughout the years.  

I received this eARC from NetGalley and the publishing company for this review.
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I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

I liked the imaginative aspect of this picture-book, and how it addresses the reader in the beginning and end. You can definitely incorperate this into activities around monsters in kindergarten or primary school! It was also good that it had rhymes on every page, and the art was colourful and nice! Loved all the different monsters and what they do!

What I didn't like was that I feel like the situations the monsters are in on each page, and therefore the premis of the rhyme, gets too complicated for the (probably) intended audience!
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My Book of Monsters is a divine little book and is something I have been looking for to become a tradition during October 31st.  It is enjoyable and creative and the illustrations are different. Not sure how to describe them because they are in between cartoon and realistic but not overly done in either area. It is not creepy or scary, I find it rather comical and cheesy. While not overdoing it like other children's books.
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My Book of Monsters is sure to be a classic October read. I loved everything about it. I've read it 3 times already and every time I notice another monster creeping through the pages! This would be the perfect book to read aloud at a kids' Halloween party and pair with monster drawing lessons! In fact, I plan to do just that this year at the library! The art is surprisingly creepy and amazing, but not too scary! And the rhymes are fantastic!
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My Book of Monsters written by One de Volder and illustrated by Maarten Arys was a visual and imaginative delight. 

This is a story of a young boy wizard who uses a paintbrush as a wand, calling his imaginative drawings to life. Monsters come alive from his drawings in many different varieties, from creatures large enough to be mountains to tea drinking frilly monsters. With a delightful rhyming pattern, this was fun to read. Not to mention it also had just the right amount of amusing ick factor to make my stepson giggle. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Clavis Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this title.
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I finished reading this to my kid and she immediately asked for a repeat read. Automatic 5 stars! 

And I was surprised on this one, because monsters? Surely that would be too much for her. She's only 4 years old! But Maarten Arys has managed to illustrate monsters that are gross without being too scary. Even the spider monster, which I was sure would be a problem after the latest incident at our house (don't leave whistles outside, they are excellent spider homes....), but even that one made her laugh.

The monster cast is pretty large! Arys must have spent quite a long time developing all these creatures. Only a few come from common monster mythology, and quite a lot seem to be original creations. Very impressive.

The text of the book is light and quick. The rhymes aren't too predictable for an adult, and are entertaining to a child. I'm especially fond of the page of the monster wedding, as that got a big laugh from my kid.

The book ends with a little blank canvas for your own child to draw upon. Granted, I got the ebook, so no chance of drawing there, but I think it's a great detail to go along with the art theme. No sense making a book all about creation and then keep a child from joining in!

Advanced copy provided by the publisher.
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this was cute. not as cute as some others ive read. the illustrations were so well done and the story was cute.
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