Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrated by the author
Publisher: Random House Children's
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart returns with a chapter book full of mischief, heart, and hilarious illustrations!
Ruffleclaw is a furry red monster who lives in a burrow under a toolshed. When he decides to move in with a family of humans, he climbs right into bed with a boy named Tommy. Tommy wants to keep Ruffleclaw as a pet, but it won't be easy. Ruffleclaw makes huge messes--he spits, he drinks shampoo, and he eats everything in the fridge...along with the plates! Can Tommy teach his monster to behave?
Ruffleclaw the monster enjoys his worms but he'd rather live in the human house than in his burrow next to two other obnoxious and smelly monsters. The humans have lovely smelling soap to eat and lots of goodies in the fridge! And the music the human boy's mother plays is a big plus, too! Yep, Ruffleclaw would rather live with the humans and that's exactly what he does. He climbs right into bed with the human boy, Tommy, who decides to keep him as a pet.
This is a cute story about a monster that becomes a part of a family. I think this will delight children who are imaginative or need a more positive, less scary outlook on 'monsters'. Overall, it's a fun, short story perfect for beginner chapter book readers.