Monday, March 27, 2017

Picture Book Review: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Title: Leonardo the Terrible Monster
Author: Mo Willems
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication Date: August 23, 2005
Length: 48 pages

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster. Terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster--but he could be a really good friend. 

My Thoughts: 
Leonardo is a terrible monster that is no good for scaring people. He doesn't have extra teeth, he isn't very big, and he isn't very weird looking. He wants nothing more than to scare the tuna salad out of someone though, so he does some research and finds a boy he thinks is the ultimate scaredy-cat. 

This is a great story with an even better message. It's often better to help people than to hurt them. Leonardo learns that scaring people isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's better to be a friend. 

Mo Willems always creates such amazing picture books. My toddler really enjoyed this story, the drawings, and the big feelings that both Leonardo and the little boy, Sam, had. 

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