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First impressions of the book are that it’s bright, cheerful and sturdy. Which is good, as there’s a good chance you’ll be reading this quite a bit. Also, the words Mini Monsters on the cover are textured, which means that children may enjoy tracing the letters with their fingers. (And when I say children, I mean everyone, and when I say may, I mean we did. I do love a book with extra sensory input.)
The book itself tells the story of playtime not going as smoothly as it might. Sparkle wants to play with Arthur, and only Arthur. This means excluding Scout, which leads to Scout feeling hurt and Sparkle cross. Arthur is caught in the middle and looks after the hurt friend, but Sparkle works through it all and everyone is happy in the end.
Completely the sort of thing that happens with small children (and not so small children for that matter), and exactly the kind of book that will help you talk it through. Bright cheerful pictures and clear language, and I loved the illustration of the letters from Sparkle.) The book is the first in a series about these characters, which is good news, and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
I particularly enjoyed this post on StorySnug with some insight into the inspiration and writing of the series.
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