The Monster Who Lost His Mean

The Monster Who Lost His Mean

Book - 2012
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Teased by the other monsters for being nice instead of mean, Onster prefers playing with children and helping them with their chores to frightening them
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805093759
Branch Call Number: PIC Haber, T 2012
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Edmunds, Kirstie - Illustrator

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forbesrachel Oct 07, 2013

Sometimes a person can lose what makes them special in the eyes of others. While the author demonstrates this in a rather unconventional way, not to mention one that barely makes sense, the lesson she teaches is very good, and handled in a manner that children will find approachable.

Without his "M", this monster is only an onster, so he does his best to try and find himself. He acts like someone he isn't, he tries to fit in, only to discover that it doesn't feel right. Teasing and embarrassment chases him away from his monster gang, into the arms of true friends who like him for who he is. Any mention of teasing is not described in any depth, which allows this book to keep a rather heavy and serious topic lighter. Also of help in this, is a colourful, and bright appearance with whimsically designed characters.

There are some people in this world that are mean to others, and while the author provides no solution for dealing with them, she does show that there are others that are kind. For any child having difficulties with bullies, this story is meant to provide hope.

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