by Rachel Bright
"You might have noticed that everybody loves kittens and puppies and bunnies. You know cute, fluffy things. But nobody loves a slightly hairy, I-suppose-a-bit-googly-eyed monster."
So begins a not-so-average love story by author/illustrator Rachel Bright. It reminds me a bit of Shel Silverstein's poem, The Missing Piece, for "Monster" is looking for love without success until one day...I won't spoil it for you.
Suffice it to say, this is sweet story with fabulously witty illustrations that appeals to kids and adults--all of us--who at one point or another have felt unlovable. It's a timely Valentine read, but I'd argue it's a book worthy of purchasing for the home library. It's good for soothing the hurt feelings of a boy who didn't get picked for the team or a girl whose bestie has turned out to be a mean girl. It lets kids know that it's normal to be dismayed by love, but encourages them that things can change in the blink of an eye.
Image credit: www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools