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Monster in the Hood
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Monster in the Hood

Monster in the Hood

About the Book

Author: Steve Antony

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Price: £6.99, paperback

Review

Everyone knows about the Monster In The Hood – but despite the gossip and rumours, Sammy Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog and Marvin Mouse aren’t daunted by its fearsome reputation.

They want to see the creature’s large, orange eye, huge shaggy hands and big, scary mouth for themselves, so they organise an expedition through the streets where it’s said to lurk.

As the three small chums stride bravely onwards, they are passed by a pack of rats, a cloud of bats and a clutter of cats, all fleeing in terror from the notorious monster and warning our heroes to do the same; yet when Sammy, Henri and Marvin are finally faced with the beast itself, they realise that there’s no need to be afraid, because all the Monster in the Hood really wants is someone to play with.

Beautifully told, with illustrations that build the suspense brilliantly, this is a story about friendship, courage – and most of all, the importance of using your own judgement, rather than listening uncritically to what everyone else is saying, especially when it comes to people who may be a little different from those you are used to meeting.

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