Friday, January 22, 2010

Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Here's a little book review for one has asked me to do this. No one sent me this book for free. I just LOVE this book!!

Looking for a fun book to give as a gift or to read aloud to your little one? I HIGHLY suggest Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. Willems is a phenomenal author, writing humorous stories and adventures for young children, mostly appropriate for ages 3-6. I am a HUGE fan!! As a Library Media Specialist, I'm always looking for fun books to read to my son. I love nothing more in this world than to hear him laugh. And trust me, this book does the job - :) Now, you have to do your part, change your voice, make the characters laugh, make funny faces - THAT makes the story. I never realized how much I actually "performed" while I was reading until several people told me that I "put on a show". My dad even told my mom once, when she was about to read this book to The Short One, "I bet you can't read it like SHE does"...referring to me...hehehe...a compliment in my eyes.

This book is just pure FUN. It's sure to be a big hit with the little ones, whether you're looking for a gift to give or a book to read at your child's school...or...maybe just a bedtime story.

Here's a little synopsis from the Mo Willems website:

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster -- terrible at being a monster, that is. Despite his best efforts, he can’t seem to frighten anyone.

But when he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he finally scare the tuna salad out of him?

Or will he think of something even better?

You know what I love about this book? The illustrations. They're big, they're simple, they're PERFECT attention grabbers for a read aloud!!

When I read this book, one monster has a deep voice. One monster has a Spanish accent. One monster is a girl. The little boy talks in a whiny voice. And Leonardo...he talks in an evil voice. I have it down to a I can read it in my sleep. I'm sure you'll discover the perfect way to read it to your lovie dovie - it's a must that will surely be treasured for years to come!

Check out Mo's blog.

Have to have it now? You can buy it from Amazon.


Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

This sounds really cute. Maybe I'll see if they have it at our library.

Cinde said...

I'm following you from the Friday Follow! :)

Cosplay Alliance said...

What a cute story. I really love children's books that are unique. It makes story time a little more interesting for mom. :)

Amy said...

We've had this one from the library once, but my girls didn't seem to get it then. (Maybe I didn't do the right voices!?!?!?)
I'll have to give it another whirl. They LOVE Knuffle Bunny!

It sounds like you and I have a lot in common! (I'm a former teacher/library media sepcialist turned SAHM!)

Champagne Wisdom said...


While I love my job, I'm so jealous! Would love to be home with my little the meantime, I DO have the second best job in the world...being a mom, numero uno...being an Elementary Library Media Specialist...second in line! :) My son just cackles out loud when I read Leonardo...maybe it's a silly boy thing!!