Saturday, March 27, 2010

Is there a monster over there? by Sally O. Lee

My thoughts:

My daughter is convinced that there are monsters under her bed so I was excited to read this book and share it with her. Mabel is scared of monsters and hides from one until she decides that he might not be scary at all. She finds out that the monster is just as afraid of her and she is of it. So they play together and have a tea party. I really liked the font that was used for the text, it is called furry monster and it really fit with the story and added to it. The name of the font reminded me of Sesame Street, I think there might even be a monster named that but I always get their names mixed up- I think Harry Monster is one of their best names! Once Mabel and the monster started playing together and having their tea party there was very little text and mostly illustrations. This section of the book reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are, when Max and the monsters are having their wild rumpus (love that line!).

This was just the right book for me to share with my monster shy child. It really helped deal with some of her fears. We tried reading Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed but it ended up making her more sure there were monsters since Junie B.’s friend gets rid of hers by vacuuming it up and putting it in a trash compactor. This was much better because it took the scary element away and made it so even if a monster was real it would be friendly and not mean. I can see kids, and parents, really appreciating the message of this book. My children also really enjoyed the illustrations.

Book Description:
Enchanting Picture Book Teaches Children how to face their fears no matter what they are.

"Is there a monster over there?" tells the story of Mabel who is afraid of monsters. She thinks they are lurking under her bed or behind the door. One day she decides to face the monster and learns some wonderful lessons about facing her fears.

Award-winning Author Sally Lee celebrates writing and illustrating with her twenty third children's book about learning how to face your fears whatever they may be.

Lee's "Is there a monster over there?" tells the story of Mabel who thinks monsters are lurking behind every corner. Along with her cat, Tiffany, Mabel builds forts to protect her from them. One day, she wonders if maybe they aren't so scary after all and may be just like her. She faces her fears and learns some very important lessons.

When asked what inspired Lee to write this particular story, she said, "Every kid has fears. And usually they lurk under their bed, or in their closet, or maybe it's a person or place. This book teaches kids to face their fears head on and the result is usually very positive and empowering."

Children will appreciate that fears are not uncommon or unusual in "Is there a monster over there?" and parents will appreciate and welcome a story that teaches this with colorful pictures depicting monsters, scary emotions, and happy endings.

"I really enjoy writing and illustrating kid's books. It uses all my talents, and I like that. I have many more ideas so I think I will be writing and illustrating many more books." says Lee.

About the book:

Is there a monster over there? By Sally O. Lee

ISBN: 978-1450531023

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: Feb 13, 2010

Pages: 36

S.R.P.: $17.99

About the author:

Sally O. Lee earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History (with Distinction) from Colby College and then went on to study graphic design and painting in Boston (Art Institute of Boston) and in New York City (New York Studio School). She has had several shows of her work and received an art grant from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conceive and create a series of paintings, and from this came her 2002 exhibition- A Journey Into Abstraction. Some of Ms. Lee's paintings are in various private collections in the US.

In recent years, Ms. Lee has begun to write and illustrate children's books. Some of them deal with the struggles of living with some form of handicap...or, as the author prefers to call it, imperfection. Many of her illustrations have been published and she has earned both academic and public recognition for her important work in children's books. She has had illustrations published in Worldlink Magazine, IEEE Magazine, and several other publications.

Sally lives and works in Massachusetts. Sally Lee writes "My children's books are an extension of my work as a painter. Writing is a new addition for me, and I am enjoying it very much. And creating the illustrations is a perfect way to continue my painting in a new direction and a nice way to complement my writing. I hope to write and illustrate many more".

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