Monday, November 11, 2019

Review - I Am Scary

I Am Scary
by Elise Gravel
Date: 2020
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

In this sweet little book, a monster tries to scare a young child. But the child insists the monster is not scary but actually quite huggable. From the prolific and beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel comes this funny and cute board book for the littlest readers.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a simple story for toddlers about a monster that thinks they're scarier than they really are. After multiple attempts to scare a child, it gets upset, only to be comforted by their intended victim.

The pictures are simple, but very amusing. The child might not be scared, but their dog is! It's fun to watch its reactions to the monster's scaring attempts throughout the pages. The ending is sweet and strikes just the right note.

I'm not usually a fan of picture books this simple, but the simplicity really works in this case. Toddlers and their parents will probably really enjoy this one.

Thank you to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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