Taylor, Eleanor. My friend the Monster. Illustrated by author. New York: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, c2008.
This book takes a twist on the traditional children are scared of monsters on the bed story. There is a little boy and there is a monster, but its a role reversal. The text is simple but placement on some pages can be a bit confusing, especially for a child that is reading this by themselves. There is easy to understand commentary between the characters in the book. The illustrations are very simplistic, but also very cartoonish. The coloring isn’t bright, but not entirely dull; but rather a happy middle. There is a lot of usage of white space with no backgrounds. There is next to no dimension or depth with the drawings. The illustrations are outlined, and line plays a decent role in outlining as well as giving things movement. My only disappointment was the story didn’t feel like it had a definite ending. I thought I was the only one, but nieces and son had the same vibe.
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