Love Monster – Children’s Book Review

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From the Cover of Love Monster by Rachel Bright:

“Everyone loves cute, fluffy things. You know, like kittens and bunnies and puppies. But nobody loves a slightly hairy, I-suppose-a-bit-googly-eyed monster . . . do they?

Come along with Monster as he looks for love—high, low . . . and even middle-ish.

This heart-tingling, let’s-cuddle-up-together story is about how sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you.

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Transfiguring Adoption gave this book 3 out of 5 Hoots based on it’s usefulness to foster and adoptive families. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here.]

What Our Family Thought:

We believe the target audience for Love Monster is elementary school age children. While our teens listened to the story, they didn’t appear to really be engaged with this book at all. However, both parents and grandparents were drawn into the story along with our elementary school aged child.

Love Monster appears to have been written for the general public. However, we believe that foster and adoptive families can use this book to have a great conversation about friendship and/or discussing the love a caregiver has for a child.

The author, Rachel Bright, is also a printmaker and is responsible for the great illustrations in this book. The images fit right along with the story to enhance your empathy of the main character and include endearing details, like a blue heart on the red monster and a little stuffed monster he takes along with him wherever he goes.

This book dwells on a feeling that we all have more than likely have experienced. It’s those times when you feel like you don’t fit in with the majority, and you feel like an outsider. You simply long to find someone similar to yourself and feel cared for by another. Foster and adoptive families have the opportunity through this tale to talk to their kids about times when they have felt lovable.

In our video we discuss how this book is great for beginning talks about friendships and feeling accepted. However, it is also very useful for talking to your child about your feelings and emotions toward them. We all might feel like a monster living in a world of cute and fluffy things. It is great to know that you have parents, kids, or friends that will see you as lovable in those times.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why was monster so sad during most of the book?
  2. Why didn’t monster feel like he was lovable?
  3. Have you ever felt like no one loved or liked you? When?
  4. As your foster/adoptive parent(s) if they think you’re lovable. Why are you?
  5. How can you show other people that they’re lovable? Friends? Parents?

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