Book Review of The Monsters of Marymount Mansion
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Written by Gregory G. Allen
Illustrated by Shelby Goodwin
Ages 7+ | 128 Pages
Publisher: ASD Publishing | ISBN-13: 9780996102940
What to Expect: Halloween, family, rules, monsters, inclusion, curiosity.
The Monsters of Marymount Mansion is an adorable monster story about fear of the unknown, curiosity, bravery, and accepting differences.
Toby loves Halloween and holidays, but he rarely gets to experience them. That’s because he’s a monster and must stay hidden in the basement of Marymount Mansion to stop humans from discovering he exists. Then, one magical day, the kind owner of Marymount helps him sneak out for a night of trick-or-treating. Toby is overjoyed—but the adventure has gotten him thinking. What if he were to sneak out for other holidays? Could Toby find a way to be a part of the exciting human world? Or will he put his whole family in danger? There’s only one way to find out for sure!
Toby’s courage, need to explore and learn, and determination are endearing, and readers will love watching his bickering with his younger sister develop into something warmer and more profound. Simple language and short chapters make this the ideal story for readers still new to chapter books. Black-and-white artwork Interspersed throughout the story illustrates Toby’s gradual inclusion in the human world, helping readers see for themselves just how easily he fits in and how unimportant physical differences really are.
The Monsters of Marymount Mansion is a spooky-sweet story, just in time for Halloween.
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About the Author
Gregory G. Allen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker, and actor. His children’s books include Chicken Boy: The Adventures of a Superhero with Autism, Chicken Boy Deals with Doctors & Dentists, and Irving the Theater Nut! He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild. The idea for his monster book goes back to the first musical he ever wrote, which was produced for the stage when he was 15, with the message that it’s okay to be different.
For more information, visit gregsimagination.com.
About the Illustrator
Shelby Goodwin is an illustrator, letterer, graphic designer, and all-around creative living in Hoboken, NJ. She is extremely passionate about children’s media and the power of art to romanticize the everyday. When she is not making things, she can be found with her spouse and three cats exploring new places, eating pastries, or cuddling up in her favorite reading chair.
For more information, visit heartonmysleevedesign.com.
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