The Monster Parade: A Book About Feeling All Your Feelings and Then Watching Them Go

Bala Kids. Feb. 2022. 32p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781611809220.
K-Gr 3–O’Leary and Landry beautifully lay out a path to help children navigate emotions. The story begins with the colorful image of young children pointing at monsters of all shapes, colors, and sizes as they ask about the parade of monsters representing all the various feelings that crop up all day long, no matter who you are. Being scared is demonstrated through children hiding in the dark under a blanket with the shadows of the monsters behind them, followed by the feeling of happiness reflected in smiling faces of the children on the page. As the story continues to portray the many emotions that march past, O’Leary instructs readers to take deep breaths so as not to let the emotions become overwhelming. The illustrations feature a diverse cast, human and otherwise, that makes the story relatable to preschoolers and elementary-age children alike.
VERDICT In a world where things have become ever more challenging for children, this book does a marvelous job of explaining emotions and how to work through them.

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