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Monster Trouble!: 08/06/18

Monster Trouble!

Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and Michael Robertson (illustrations) is about a girl who can't get a good night's sleep because of all the monsters in her life. We're talking monsters under the bed, things lurking the shadows, things that go bump in the night. It's not that she's afraid — quite the opposite — they're just loud.

These monsters are fluffy and colorful and bring to mind Sully and his coworkers from Monsters Inc. Winifred Schnitzel is older than Boo. Her monsters aren't out for her screams. They just like hanging out with her.

Like Boo's laughter being more potent than her screams, Winifred knows that kisses are monster repellent. She aims to kiss every single one out of her life so she can sleep through the night once more.

It's an adorable story with a positive message — facing things head on. It offers up the idea that problems can be solved peacefully and friends made of enemies. If only that were more the case in the real world.

Five stars

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