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Even monsters go to school
2019
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Summary

In the vein of the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs...? series, this follow-up to Even Monsters Need to Sleep is a fresh and humorous back-to-school picture book.

What's a school day like for you?

Bigfoot rides a yellow bus.

Frankenstein shows off his new shoes.

Troll loves playing tag at recess.

And aliens go gaga over school supplies.

Just like you, even monsters go to school!

Trade Reviews
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1--On the first day of school, the little blue, furry monster child from Even Monsters Go to Sleep, trudges downstairs to breakfast. Dad regales his reluctant pupil with exuberant descriptions of how other monsters are enjoying their big day: Bigfoot hops onto a yellow bus and gives a thumbs up from the back window; Frankenstein's brand-new jacket and cool, platform, metal-studded sneakers garner admiring glances from his classmates; and tousled-haired Troll has a ball at recess, playing tag with billy goats. Each fun-filled scene is relayed in jaunty, rhyming verse with a repeated concluding line that names the individual monster showcased and delivers the message that "Even ["Yeti", "Nessie", "giants" etc.] go to school." Van Dusen's colorful, gouache illustrations are packed with comical details, like three-eyed aliens who "go gaga over school supplies" and chow down on crayons and massage glue onto their noggins. By the time breakfast is eaten and fangs are brushed, the formerly hesitant child eagerly embraces "the rule … All little monsters go to school." VERDICT A witty and encouraging pep talk to ease back-to-school jitters.--Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont.
Booklist Review
Following their collaboration Even Monsters Need to Sleep (2017), Wheeler and Van Dusen return with the same cast of lovable monsters (aliens, yetis, dragons, giants, trolls, Frankenstein, Bigfoot, and Nessie) to banish trepidations about starting school. Each creature gets three lines of rhymed text ending with the same tagline, asserting that yes, even monsters go to school. The appealing sing-song cadence is complemented by page-filling gouache illustrations that provide a feast of visual details, portraying each scholar in an appropriate and imaginative setting (a beaming narwhal and a penguin wearing a Penguin's hockey jersey welcome a bashful yeti to their frozen classroom). Tasks range from sorting new school supplies to catching the bus to recess, lunch, and figuring out where the bathroom is. At every turn, helpful adults and welcoming classmates offer lots of smiles and warm encouragement. Everything about this romp is cheerful and reassuring, and readers will be happy to know that school is for everybody including little monsters just like them.--Kathleen McBroom Copyright 2019 Booklist
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