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Rebecca Colby recommends Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer & Scott Magoon

The Story: Bernadette appears to be an ordinary monster. She has fangs and claws and she lurches and growls. But underneath it all, Bernadette has a deep, dark secret. She likes to pick flowers and pet kittens and do all sorts of things that aren’t considered monsterly behaviour. When Bernadette starts school, she doesn’t fit in and can’t relate to her classmates who stomp and slobber and act like total monsters. However, she soon she thinks up a plan to win them over while remaining true to herself.

This is a fun, humorous story for boys and girls alike. Tammi Sauer has created a winning character in Bernadette. While Bernadette has pointy ears, blue skin and wears a skull necklace, the reader can’t help but laugh aloud when her behaviour ends up being incongruous to her appearance. This is a character that likes to cause mayhem of all kind, but by the same token enjoys baking cupcakes and sharing group hugs.

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Scott Magoon’s illustrations compliment the text perfectly. Like Bernadette, Magoon’s illustrations are mostly monsterly. They contain all the creepy elements one would expect from a monster book—like dark-clothed monsters with horns and multiple eyes standing in menacing poses—mixed with a healthy dose of humour and light colours that brighten the pages and add levity to the situations in which Bernadette finds herself.

This is one book I never tire of reading over and over (and over and over!) to my children. It keeps the entire family laughing and entertained. As a parent, I also appreciate the way the author has tackled the theme of individuality. The book doesn’t come across as heavy-handed yet it sends out a clear message that it is okay to be yourself.

Mostly Monsterly is a great book that’s more-than-mostly marvellous as well as monsterly fun!

Age range: 4 +

Author: Tammi Sauer / Illustrator: Scott Magoon

About author Rebecca Colby

Rebecca is an American expat living in England who primarily writes picture books and poetry. Before writing for children, Rebecca worked for a Russian comedian, taught English in Taiwan, travelled the world as a tour director and worked as a librarian. Her first book, There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie, comes out on 20th March with Floris Books, Picture Kelpies. Rebecca’s second book, It’s Raining Bats and Frogs, will be published with Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan US) in 2015.

Rebecca’s website / Rebecca on Twitter @amscribbler / Teachers’ notes for There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie.


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16 responses to “Rebecca Colby recommends Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer & Scott Magoon”


  1. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews avatar

    Monsters petting kittens – love it already. This sounds so adorable! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I’ll tweet about the giveaway – heading over there now. 🙂


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      Thank you for spreading the word Renee – much appreciated 🙂


      1. Rebecca Colby avatar

        Yes, thanks so much, Renee, and hope you enjoy ‘Mostly Monsterly’.


  2. Rebecca Colby avatar

    Thank you so much for stopping by and reading the recommendation, Julie. Tammi Sauer’s “Mostly Monsterly” has won a couple of awards, including one voted on by fellow writers and illustrators. You know it’s got to be good if other writers are endorsing it.


  3. Julie Grasso avatar

    Wow, we have to request this one at our Library, I think. Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention on the Kid Lit Blog Hop


  4. Kriss MacDonald avatar

    This sounds like a fun book which also highlights that children can be true to themselves.


    1. Rebecca Colby avatar

      Thanks for stopping by, Kriss. Tammi has written several really fun books but this is one, about being true to yourself, is one of my favorites.


  5. Rebecca Colby avatar

    Thanks for sharing, Robyn! I hope you enjoy both books. And if end up buying a copy of Wee Lassie, I can send you a signed label to stick in your book if you wish. Just PM me on FB.


  6. Robyn Campbell avatar

    I entered and shared on twitter and FB although it didn’t show up on the entry form. I’ll buy it if I don’t win. It looks great!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Hi Robyn, I’ve just checked and you are entered into the giveaway. Good luck 🙂


  7. Tonja Drecker avatar

    This sounds like such a cute story! I’m thinking my daughter would love it (and she needs another bedtime read). So glad you pointed it out 🙂


    1. Rebecca Colby avatar

      Thanks for commenting, Tonja. It is a great read!


      1. Catherine avatar

        I’m intrigued by the story after reading your great review Rebecca 🙂


        1. Rebecca Colby avatar

          Thanks, Catherine. You can’t go wrong with any of Tammi’s books.


          1. Catherine avatar

            Tammi Sauer is a new author to me, I’ll check her out.


    2. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome 🙂

      Thank you for visiting Story Snug.

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