Book review #265: Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willemsby Mo Willems
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Independent reading level: 1.9
4 out of 5 stars


This is an older book by Mo Willems, but just as delightful as always! Leonardo the monster has a terrible problem — he isn’t scary. So he searches for the perfect child to scare. I love all the research he does before he finds Sam, the perfect scare candidate. Sam ends up being a lot more to Leonardo than just a child to scare, and I love the turning point in their relationship.

The illustrations and text are a little more detailed than Mo’s other books, but the backgrounds are plain pages and you can definitely see Mo’s style. This story has a great message about friendship and being comfortable with who you are.

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