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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Baxter Meets His Monster, we meet Baxter, a fun-loving puppy who is loyal and sweet. While he is on his porch one rainy night some strange, big, wet creature breaks the fence. He wonders what it is and if it is coming near. He wonders what could have possibly broken the fence. Immediately Baxter thinks it could be a monster with claws and fangs. As the noise comes closer, Baxter wonders exactly what sort of monster could be coming as he lists names of pretend creatures: rhino-plant, croc-o-whale, and a giant coconut to name a few. When the moonlight shines through the clouds, Baxter sees that this creature is big and purple. When the monster speaks, it is kind and tells the dog that her name is Mellie and that she is lost and scared. She begs to not be told to go away. Baxter decides that Mellie isn’t mean and tells her that she can stay. The purple creature then tells Baxter of all the amazing things she has seen. She leaves the next morning but not before giving Baxter her red heart balloon as a way of saying thank you.
I thought Jennifer Hart did a wonderful job in creating this adventurous children’s book. Baxter Meets His Monster teaches children that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes those things that seem frightening or off-putting might in fact be something or someone you enjoy or is a person that is actually kind. Baxter was pleasantly surprised to find that Mellie wasn’t the typical monster with claws and big teeth; she was just a lost creature looking for a friend and some help. The illustrations in the book are very beautiful and portray the topic perfectly. It’s definitely a book I would recommend to my friends with young children. I’m also eager to read more of Baxter’s adventures.