Unlike Other Monsters

illus. by Colin Jack. 48p. Disney-Hyperion. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781423199595.
PreS-Gr 2—Zander is a spectacle-wearing blue monster. His parents are also monsters, but his sister is a fairy, and his dog is a skunk. Like other monsters, Zander doesn't have friends. But when he begins to hang out with a red bird, he starts to understand the definition of friendship. He demonstrates how to stay true to himself while having fun with others. His interactions with the red bird and his glittery fairy sister contain humorous dialogue and unexpected developments that involve raisin bread, teeth, and secrets. Jack's digital artwork features monsters and fairies with green, blue, and orange skin, and a skunk that pants like a dog. The red bird will likely be the favorite character because of her expressive looks, especially when she hears the word no and when she becomes overly excited.
VERDICT A quirky, fun friendship title sure to be a read-aloud favorite with children.

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