Sunday, March 25, 2012
Leonardo the Terrible Monster is classic Mo Willems, with simple, expressive illustrations and enough silliness to keep little readers giggling out loud even after the book has ended. I love the way Willems uses empty space, font styles, and image scale on each page to help create the emotion of the story, and the subtle message about understanding in this book is wonderful, too. It's the humor in his stories that we love most, though. My son thinks scaring the tuna salad out of someone is one of the most hilarious things he has ever heard, and his fits of laughter that accompany each reading of this book make my heart happy. He's been reciting the silliest parts of the story aloud to himself a lot while playing lately, too, which is always a sign that a book is hit. My little girl adores this story, as well, and just loves to say, "Boo!... Aaahhh!!" over and over when she plays with the plush Leonardo. We still have to do our nightly monster checks, but I think we've managed to convince W that Leonardo will keep any other monsters away while he sleeps. Whether your little reader is afraid of monsters or simply loves a silly story, this is one you will want to look for on your next trip to the library.