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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In Monsters in My Yard by Cary Robinson, a young boy goes outside to his yard to play. He sits on the swing and his imagination takes over. He sees a black monster who is really his dog. Then he sees a monster in the pool, a monster eating a nut, a monster in a tree and two green monsters by a log. He then sees red and white monsters, all explained by a rhyming couplet. This is a fun book for preschool children. The illustrations by Bosch Fawstin are captivating and colorful. In general, the portrayal of the monsters will not upset most preschool children because the explanations immediately follow the portrayal of the monster.
One of the benefits of the book for preschool children is the ability to name the color of the monster. All major colors are named and, as the book goes on, the reader might point to the monster and ask the child listener the color. If the child has an aversion to the concept of monsters, it might be prudent to ask the child if s/he really thinks it's a monster or something else. This is a really good book for preschoolers with vivid imaginations, but might be a bit intimidating to those without preconceived notions of the idea of "monsters." The rhyming couplets are such that the child will see the monster and then wait for the proof that there was no monster. There is educational value in having the child speculate that things that appear fearful to them may, indeed, be something else.