Nothing like some humorous reverse psychology to squelch a typical fear!
This book has a brilliant premise… “the more you know about monsters, the more you will know how to defeat them.”
Smarter Than A Monster is filled with clever wit to tackle a significant fear of many children. Author Brandon Mull takes the reader through everyday situations and explains how to deter monsters. The Monster Survival Guide explains what behaviors deter monsters. These happen to be behaviors parents desire of their children, such as keeping their room clean and taking a bath.
A fantastic (and brilliant) aspect of this story is the description of Halloween – a normally scary day for little ones. As Smarter Than A Monster describes, Halloween is the safest day of the year from a monster attack. I also enjoyed the calming lesson about clowns – another type of often-frightening monster.
The monsters in Smarter Than A Monster are colorful and adorable, so they shouldn’t play into fears.
A word of caution… Potential purchasers should consider the child or children for whom this book would be intended. I felt that some of the reverse psychology might scare sensitive children. A couple of examples are the monsters hiding under the parent’s bed (a deterrent to having children sleeping in their parent’s bed). Another way to keep monsters at bay is to brush and floss your teeth every night. (I don’t know many children who floss their teeth daily – but maybe they will now!)
This Monster Survival Guide is a creative and entertaining story with beautiful, bright, and playful illustrations. This book has the potential to allay a significant fear of many children.
Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and a dog named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Brandon loves meeting his readers and hearing about their experiences with his books.
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I chose to read an ARC from Shadow Mountain Publishing. This review is my honest opinion.
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