Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Most Terrible of All by Muon Thi Van - OPTIONAL

The Most Terrible of All by Muon Thi Van, illustrated by Matt Myers.  PICTURE BOOK Margaret K. Eldberry (Simon and Schuster), 2019.  $18.  9781534417168  



Smugg prides himself on being the most terrible monster in the land, a fact that he checks every morning in his magic mirror.  One day he learns that there is someone more terrible, and Smugg goes to a house full of monsters to prove that he is still the worst.  What he finds is a baby monster, who truly is terrible.  

The illustrations in this book are the best part.  The monsters are creative, colorful and fun to look at.  The story is a cute idea, but the ending was confusing and I had to explain it to my kids.  Also, Smugg tramples frogs, and there are little green splats where the frogs used to be and that seems a bit violent.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson 

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