by Rachel Bright
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013/2014, Picture Book
In Love Monster's first book, the "not cute and fluffy", and "slightly hairy" monster manages to find a best friend. Now as Present Day approaches, Love Monster wants to get his friend the perfect gift, but when he goes to the store, all the "shinyful" gifts are too expensive. Love Monster is worried he won't find anything to give his friend, until he comes up with the great idea. Love Monster and his world are drawn with invitingly bright and bold lines and colors. The text is printed in a wonky, but readable, font that lends the simple story energy and kid-appeal. This is not a Christmas book but contains a timely message--in a child friendly package--about what makes a gift special.