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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (2005)

by Mo Willems

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This book tells the story of Leonardo, who is not good at being a monster. He tries everything he can think of, and compares himself to other monsters but still can't live up to the expectations he has set for himself. He seeks out a small boy who is a "scredy-cat" and after he scares him begins to brag about how great of a monster is. However, the little boy reveals that he has a lot more problems that he is crying about more than the monster scaring him. Leonardo learns the importance of being a good friend rather than a monster.
  Shilonwheeler | Aug 11, 2015 |
Leonardo is a terrible monster! He cannot scare anybody, try as he might.He isn't huge or have monstrous teeth. He starts looking for a scaredy cat kid and finds Sam.Leonardo tries to scare Sam in every which way, until Sam cries and Leonardo realizes that maybe he doesn't want to be frightening, after all.
  aartik | Jun 26, 2015 |
I loved this book for a couple of reasons. I liked how the author added certain aspects to the story that aren't typically used. For example, the author used an asterisk when the narrator said, "He didn't have 1,642* teeth like Tony". At the bottom of the page the author added, "*Note: Not all teeth shown", to assure the reader that the illustrations given do now show all 1,642 teeth. Since this wasn't an informational text, I wouldn't imagine an author using this symbol. It added humor to the story, in an extremely creative way. I also liked the author/illustrator's use of empty space in the book. For example, when Leonardo was researching to find the most frightful kid to scare, he discovered Sam. Turning on to the next page, you can see two large blank pages with a small illustration of sad Sam sitting on the bottom, left corner of the page. This emphasized Sam's sense of loneliness through the empty pages rather than words. Along with this attribute, the author fills in the empty space, on another page, to emphasize Sam's emotions yet again. For example, once Leonardo scares him, Sam begins to cry which makes Leonardo happy because he believes he is the reason Sam is crying. Sam explains, using two entire pages with bold and colored print to express his anger. This shows the authors ability to fill up the entire page with words, rather than illustrations, which is rare for a picture book. The main idea of this book is to accept who you are and not to judge others before getting to know them. ( )
  CatalinaDiaz | May 2, 2015 |
This book would be good to use for reading with expression. I think students will like this book because they will feel bad for the monster. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | Apr 29, 2015 |
This book seems like it would be great for a read aloud and a lesson on expression in first or second grade. Leonardo discovers that he does not have to be scary to make friends, so using the story's outcome, teachers could make a lesson about being yourself for students in preschool or kindergarten. This book is appropriate for preschool to second grade.
  Sarah.Lew | Apr 29, 2015 |
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Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:03 -0400)

Leonardo is a terrible monster -- he can't seem to frighten anyone. When he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he scare the lunch out of him? Or will he think of something better?

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