FICTION

The Ugliest Monster in the World

NubeOcho. Oct. 2021. 36p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9788417673765.
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PreS-K–This vivacious competition among a trio of Muppet-colored monsters will have preschoolers giggling at how opposite of “ugly” all of them are. From deeply pigmented blues and pinks to electric greens and yellows, a string-bean blue monster, a bulbous furry red one, and a yellow caterpillar-shaped third try on clothes. They point out features like their googly eyes, attempting upmanship at every turn. When they pose together in front of the mirror, they faint, reviving only to declare that as a group, they are the “ugliest monsters in the world.”
VERDICT Nonsense at its best, this tale shows children how some competitions are just plain silly, and promises to enliven story hours.

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