Hardcover, 48 pages
Published by Hyperion Book CH (2005-08-23)
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Amazon DescriptionLeonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.
One Potato Review
The whole Your Pal Mo Willems Presents thing should make you a little suspicious, but whoever dreamed this up is overcompensating. Willems’s books are usually more interesting than their surfaces: wry, a little subversive, and entirely sympathetic when it comes to characters you think you’ve seen elsewhere. Here they’re a nerdy little guy with plenty of good reasons to feel miserable, and an incompetent monster determined to “scare the tuna salad out of someone.” This ends about where you would imagine, but there are some exuberant bits of storytelling along the way, and also a couple of inspired fellow monsters, including one with six mouths and 1642 teeth who nevertheless manages to seem charming. Because it’s not the monsters who are usually scary in the end; it’s the people who train them.