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PreS-Gr 1-Big Scary Monster lives on top of a mountain and loves to jump out and surprise everyone with a cry of "Boo!" His friends begin hiding from him and he decides to look for new creatures to frighten. "So, off he went down the mountain. But as he walked, a strange thing happened." The rocks, plants, and creatures become bigger, and he starts to feel small and vulnerable. After he gets scared by a huge rabbit that looms over him, shouting, "Boo!" he scurries back up the mountain, where he is startled by his old friends. Grateful to see them again, he forgets all about being big and threatening. The full-spread watercolor illustrations in deep colors add to the "scary" element of the story. As the Big Scary Monster is traveling down the mountain or up, the art is minimal, showing just the character and the rocks and plants on a white background. The style of these pictures will give young readers an early lesson in perspective. Great as a read-aloud, this book will engage young monster lovers.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

The Big Scary Monster is a furry, blue bully with a strong resemblance to Gossamer, the orange Looney Tunes creature. He regularly scares the little animals who live on his mountaintop, but when he hatches a plan to terrorize the animals further below, he discovers that though they look small from the top, they're actually quite large: "The Big Scary Monster had never felt so small and scared in his life." Docherty's polished landscapes also recall classic animation, with solid shadows and artful play with perspective. The monster's comeuppance and Grinchlike redemption offer a satisfying if slightly treacly conclusion. Ages 3-5. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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