This is the time of year when a walk around the block has a person (and their dog) coming face to face with skeletons, zombies, and other assorted monsters set up in front yards. I have the perfect book to share with my neighbors!
THAT MONSTER ON THE BLOCK
by Sue Ganz- Schmitt (author) and Luke Flowers (illustrator)
Two Lions 2020
32-page picture book for ages 4-8
Setting: a monstrous neighborhood
Themes: diversity, acceptance, friendship
The story begins:
SOMEBODY was moving into
Vampire’s old house today.
The house was dark and dreary.
One of Monster’s favorites on the block.
Synopsis: Monster is hopeful that the new neighbor would be an ogre, a goblin, or even a dragon. He is not too happy, however, when he sees a polka-dotted van arrive and realizes that a CLOWN is moving into the neighborhood! He quickly notifies his monstrous neighbors and they all decide to shun Clown. Cheerfully, Clown rides to each door hoping to introduce himself. No one answers but he leaves gifts, heads home, puts on happy music and makes the dark and dreary house bright and colorful. Monster continues to organize his neighbors to boycott Clown but Clown doesn’t notice. He is too busy doing kind things for the others. When Monster tries to call another meeting, he finds that all of his neighbors are at Clown’s Circus School. Maybe it’s not so bad hanging around with Clown. And, maybe the next new neighbor will be okay, too.
Why you need to add THAT MONSTER ON THE BLOCK to your book collection:
- Not only is this book hilarious, it shows how first impressions aren’t always right. Friends can come in all shapes and sizes
- Luke Flowers’ bright and cheerful illustrations have a vintage touch and children will enjoy discovering surprises on each detailed spread.
- This book can lead into important discussions about diversity, prejudice, and acceptance in a nonjudgmental way.
- Not only is this a perfect addition to a Halloween collection, but it can be enjoyed all year.
- THAT MONSTER ON THE BLOCK is a great read-aloud and the monsters are darling!
Hop over to author Sue Ganz-Schmitt’s website to learn more about her books and for free coloring pages, activities, and bookmarks.