A not-so-scary monster!

Jonathan Fenske

Book - 2020

When a minifigure meets a new monster friend, this creature is down in the dumps. She doesn't always want to be scary. Sometimes she just wants to do cartwheels, or dress up and make silly faces. But with a little help, this new friend learns it's okay to be whatever you want to be. It's a delightfully funny and sweet story that will put a smile on the faces of readers of all ages.

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Children's Room jE/Lego Due Oct 20, 2023
Children's stories Pictorial works
Picture books
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc [2020]
First edition
Item Description
Sequel to: I'm fun, too!
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Main Author
Jonathan Fenske (author)
Corporate Author
LEGO koncernen (Denmark) (-)
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Happiness is being exactly who you are. The monster in this breezy LEGO tale would agree. Its plight, as it admits to a passing human minifigure, is that it fears it's "an embarrassment to monsters everywhere" because it doesn't always want to be scary. Sometimes it wants to be happy, sad, grumpy, silly, or funny, but it believes it must always be frightening. As its new pal explains succinctly, it's perfectly fine for it to be any kind of monster and express all sides of its personality when it feels like it--including the fearsome side. After all, the human toy reasons, "You are a MONSTER. Who is going to stop you?" This cute, humorous story aims to reassure readers that emotions aren't one-dimensional; it's OK to display one's varied, true feelings. Aside from the positive, empowering message, readers' attention will be captured by vividly colored illustrations featuring bold outlines and onomatopoeic sound effects. Some art is set in colored panels; plenty of white space focuses attention on the sweet characters. The engaging dialogue is set in white type within colored speech balloons. As LEGO fans will recognize, the minifigure is a small, smiling, brown-haired, yellow-skinned toy garbed in red shirt and blue slacks. The monster is taller, composed of various bricks, and endowed with large, expressive eyes; as the story proceeds, its eyes reveal its personality shifts. A gentle monster story for the very young, appropriate for Halloween or any time. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.