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Yuck! That’s not a monster! by Angela McAllister & Alison Edgson

Yuck! That’s not a Monster! includes a very non scary monster who has traits that scary monsters don’t have, traits that can be unexpectedly useful in a sticky situation!

The StoryMr and Mrs Monster are waiting for their eggs to hatch. The first two monsters are ‘Frightful’ and ‘Horrid’ but the third monster is pink, fluffy and cute! Little Shock, as they call him, doesn’t have the horrendous monster traits of his brother and sister, he is scared of the dark and plays with little animals instead of chasing them. However, when the three little monsters meet a big, scary monster in the woods it is Little Shock’s ‘unmonsterlike’ action which scares the big monster away!

Yuck! That’s not a Monster! is very funny and even the scary monsters don’t look particularly scary (Little Shock is so cute that the big monster mistakes him for candy floss!). For a two year old this is purely an entertaining story but my four year old is now trying to understand the humour and has lots of questions about the monsters’ behaviour. Alison Edgson’s illustrations are beautiful and the monsters have some wonderful expressions (especially Dad’s face when he realises that Little Shock is scared of thunder!). I love the language used to describe the monster action (squash, spit, howl, hiss, gurgle, twinkle), there is lots of scope to use this book to introduce verbs in the classroom.

Yuck! That’s not a Monster! has a happy ending which demonstrates to children that it’s good to be different. Little Shock loves his brother and sister and when he scares the monster away they come to appreciate his unique qualities.

Age Range: 2 +

Author: Angela McAllister / Illlustrator: Alison Edgson


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8 responses to “Yuck! That’s not a monster! by Angela McAllister & Alison Edgson”


  1. Ulrike A. avatar

    This is our all time favorite monster book! Our daughter, 4 1/2, has decided that monsters are not scary at all – if you’re cute you can scare them away with a kiss!

    The book also sparked a wonderful discussion about being different and how, sometimes, that can be a good thing. 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      Little Shock is a very cute monster 🙂 It is a great book for discussing stereotypes and the fact that being different is ok, a concept that young children often find difficult.


  2. Damson Lane avatar

    This looks perfect for my nearly two year old. I’ll keep an eye out for it on the bookshelves. Thank you.


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome 🙂 Thank you for visiting Story Snug.


  3. Reshama avatar

    Thanks for the review Catherine. Looks like a great book to read aloud. DD loves all things “monsters” and loves to hear a good story anyday 🙂 Will put on hold in my library 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      My daughter is still trying to understand the twist at the end!


  4. sharon martin avatar

    This sounds like such a lovely book.
    Also thanku for popping over to our UK Bloggers linky earlier, now following you and have replied xx


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂

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