Have You Seen My Monster?

Have You Seen My MonsterBy Steve Light

This combines a pet monster, a fair, and shapes. The monster goes to the fair and his friend tries to find him. She seems to be following him but can’t seem to see him in the fairgrounds, until the end, under the crescent moon.

It is a nice book to share with students about interesting shapes and their names.. Some pictures have them as an integral part of the picture. For example, the Ferris Wheel is a circle. Sometimes the shapes are just stuck into the book and are not an integral part of the story or picture. They appear to be designs or decorations often. It’s nice that there are shapes that usually don’t get named. The book has trapezium, heptagon, nonagon, ellipse, decagon and then the usual triangles, squares and such. Since the pictures are basically black and white the shapes highlighted on the page show up well because they are in color.

Children will enjoy the monster, and that the girl can’t find him even though he is always on the page. Readers will enjoy the different shapes such as the curvilinear triangle or quatrefoil. It’s fun knowing that things have different names. The fair is a fun place too. It’s fun to ride the rides, go to contests, see interesting sights and eat junk food. And then it’s fun to go home with your friend, (or in this case, monster). Steve Light did a nice job as author and illustrator of this fun book.

Review by Cheryl Baker, Mill Creek Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

Author Website: http://www.stevelightart.com/

Have You Seen My Monster?
By Steve Light
Candlewick Press
48 pages
Release Date: April 7, 2015

Categories: Elem. – Picture Book
Tags: Fair, pet monsters, shapes, searching

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