Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters: 03/02/13
In Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters by Chris Case, new neighbors are both exciting and a little scary. Sophie's nervous about the dinner party her parents are having to welcome their next door neighbors to the neighborhood.
Sophie is convinced that her neighbors are monsters. Yet, she's supposed to show Charlie her room, and play with him while their parents chitchat. Although Charlie is very strange, she and he do have some things in common. Can they get over their differences and become friends?
As I've said in other reviews, I prefer monsters to stay monsters. Monsters are very popular with young children. Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters follows through. Charlie and his family are, in fact, monsters. But it doesn't matter. They are still the new neighbors and are still welcome. It's a good blend of monstrous fun and a positive message of acceptance and diversity.