A burly, ferocious something from last week's post sparked an idea for this week's blog. (Hint: The Gruffalo)
Creepy, growling, drooling beasts ~ A-ha!
I love monsters who chill the spines of children around the world, and the lovely ones who stretch a claw out to form friendships from their dark, damp, wailing haunts.
Monsters Are Important to Children
The horrid ones (uh, I mean the monsters, not the children) force young, quivering hearts to clamber out of their shells and face evils in their own ways. Children love to imagine themselves as bravehearts, but aren’t necessarily so in reality. Showing them how to grow braver through stories can light a blazing path towards their expression of courage in real times of difficulties, like combating their fear for Darkness or bullies in
The sweet monsters, on the other hand, demonstrate another kind of teaching: that little monsters live and love in their ghoulish world just as little children live and love in our insane one. Their world isn’t that different from ours. And for the monsters, who are rejected in our world just because they appear different or prefer weird food, really need us to reach out and touch their claw with our pinky. They need us to accept them!
Friendship & Embracing Diversity: how could we not adore what those monsters mean to us?
In Picture Books
Of course, not all monsters are as frightening as they think they are! Here are some books on monsters, and others on children defeating their metaphoric monsters that are precious:
· The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson & Axel Sheffler
· Eek! Creak! Snicker, Sneak Rhonda Gowler Greene & Jos. A. Smith
· Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
· There Are Monsters Everywhere Mercer Mayer
· The Beastly Visits Mitra Modarressi
· My Monster Mama Loves Me So Laura Leuck & Mark Buehner
· I Need My Monster Amanda Noll & Howard McWilliam
I have read all of the above, except the last. (Couldn’t resist sharing ‘I Need My Monster’ here after reading its synopsis and review. I intend to check it out from my library soon.) Have to say, I’ve really enjoyed the second, fifth and sixth books!
Do you (and your children) love monsters, too? Please howl about your favourite beast (or beastly tales) here!
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