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Mostly Monsterly    by Tammi Sauer & Scott Magoon order for
Mostly Monsterly
by Tammi Sauer
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This story proves once again that you can't always tell a book by its cover. On the outside Bernadette definitely looks like exactly what she is a very scary little monster. But once you get to know her, you'll be surprised to discover Bernadette is quite the opposite from the external image she projects.

'Underneath the fangs and fur, Bernadette had a deep ... dark ... secret. Sometimes, when she was all by herself she liked to pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake. For a monster Bernadette was just a little too sweet.'

When Bernadette is sent to the Monster Academy to refine her scary skills, the fun really begins. While her classmates are practicing their lurching techniques, learning how to make creepy noises and dismantle villages and flatten cities, Bernadette suggests engaging in group hugs, singing love sings, and baking cupcakes.

Things become a little tense with her classmates until the little monster comes up with a scheme that will reverse the negative vibes she has been generating in the class. Once Bernadette places some special greeting cards on all the desks in the classroom, everything changes. And before you can say, 'Boo, uggli, uggla, woo, hoo!' she has won everyone over.

Children between the ages of four and eight will love this quirky tale about a little monster who is true to herself and still manages to fit in at school.

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