Jitterbug Jam: A Monster Tale
Barbara Jean Hicks & Alexis Deacon
Red Fox, 2006 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
obody believes the poor little monster and his brother Buster calls him a
, but you believe him, don't you? There's a
who hides under his bed '
' to scare him. Bobo tells us that '
Even Godzilla, who everyone knows / is the bravest monster ever, / would be scared of a boy / with pink skin / and orange fur on his head / where his horns by right should be
hen, while eating '
homemade bread with jitterbug jam
', Bobo tells grampa Boo-Dad about the scary boy. So grampa shares an
story of his own terrifying experience - when he crept '
under the big old iron gate
' and encountered a
- and advises the small monster what to do. When Bobo takes grampa's advice, he finds out why that
boy keeps hiding under his bed, and he has a wonderful idea.
his cross between a picture book and graphic novel is perfect for children almost ready for the transition to chapter books.
offers a delicious role reversal, encourages empathy, and introduces the notion that other kids, no matter how frightening (even monstrous) they seem, might be just as shy - and ready for friendship - as you are.
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