Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: My Monster Burrufu by Alberto Corral

My Monster Burrufu 
Author: Alberto Corral
Illustrated by: Alessandra Sorrentino 
Release date: April 4, 2011
Published by: Petite Grande Idee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Olivia and her writer dad move to the country for peace and quiet they never expected they might meet a real, live monster! But one evening while eating cookies and drinking milk that's exactly what happens to 7 year-old Olivia.

My thoughts: I LOVED THIS! It was such a sweet read about learning to see past what people look like and to take time to get to know them before deciding whether you like them or not because you might just make your new best friend for life. I read this cover to cover with my 7 year-old, who not only was delighted with reading a story about another 7 year-old, but also thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. She liked the illustrations, the story and the fact that she could help read along by reading Olivia's parts enthusiastically!
Our favorite illustration in the book!

I do have to say that there is a small part that really bothered me...a 7 year-old would NEVER be left alone at home for any length of time because it's illegal! This happens a couple of times in the book and truly bothered me SO much.

I can't wait to tell the LMC Director of our school district's elementary schools about this one so she can get it for all three LMCs! It is just such a great story!

A letter to the author from my 7 year-old:

Thank you Mr. Corral for sending us your book to review. I really liked it, but my sister cried a little. She's only five. I really liked it from the beginning when I learned Olivia is 7 and I'm 7 too! I was nervous about the monster and the girl meeting him. But I laughed when Olivia was hanging upside down from the monster. I also laughed a lot when Burrufu got nervous in the treehouse and the treehouse top was his hat! I felt a little sad when Burrufu came down and people were scared. When the army came I thought they were going to kill him but Olivia, Steve and Mark ended up saving him! I felt so happy at the end because I think Burrufu moved back in. I LOVED all the drawings and wondered why they are all in black and white?
Thank you,
Mallory and her drawing for Mr. Corral

I can't wait to send her letter and her drawing to Alberto! :) She was SO excited to be doing this and can't wait to see if anyone comments on her review! LOL! Too cute!

Also be sure to check out which is BRILLIANT! Full of animation and so much cute! 

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