Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Leonardo The Terrible Monster

If you aren't already familiar with Mo Willems, allow me to introduce to you to one of the most acclaimed children's author/illustrators of the 21st century.  Earning many Caldecott Honors and Medals, Willems started his career writing for Sesame Street, where he earned several Emmy's for his work.

But what's all the acclaim without bonafide backing from a toddler - the intended audience of Willems books? No shortage of support at The O'Regan household!  Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended Knuffle Bunny to us three years ago and it became a nightly favorite.

Today I'd like to share a lesser known book by Mo Willems and one of our family favorites -- Leonardo The Terrible Monster.  Leonardo is a terrible monster.  He can't scare anyone.  No matter how hard he tries, he fails because he simply isn't scary.  Even though he "researches" the most "scaredy cat kid in the whole world," nothing he does is scary.

Leonardo learns something far more important than being good at being scary. Spoiler alert! Instead of being a terrible monster, he becomes a wonderful friend to a boy who has had a terrible day (his brother's cockatoo pooped on his head! AND his stomach hurts!)


This book truly delights our family, page after page.  My daughter Molly memorized it when she was 2.5 years old.  Don't believe me? Here's one of many videos I have of Molly reading a Willems book.  She just adores his work!

Buy this book now from The Storybook Shoppe right here on this blog.  Normally $16.99, you can save 10% here - for $15.20 plus tax & $5 flat rate shipping.  By supporting a local book store, you are supporting a community and our children!  You'll love this one!

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