Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sydney the Monster Stops Bullies by Dr. Tom DePaoli is the story of Sydney the Monster who loved kids and liked to play with them. He always tried to make them comfortable and calm. Sydney chased away the bad monsters or locked them in the closet. While Sydney played fun games with the children, he also taught them more about the monsters and how, like humans, all of them were different from each other. Sydney's spongy skin absorbed water and parents were surprised to see their kids' rooms always clean and neat. The mean monsters, however, made fun of Sydney. This book with its message reaches out to kids, parents and teachers, and speaks about the topic of bullying and the physical and psychological effects it can have on bullied kids.
The story is engaging and it has an excellent message for young readers. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and they get the message across nicely and effectively. Sydney is a lovable character and all kids would definitely love him and his ways. It's a good storybook for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The author handles the topic of bullying very well and conveys a strong and positive message. The book also gives confidence to readers on how to stand up against bullying. It teaches children to become friends instead of bullying each other. This simple story captures the hearts of young readers with its positive message.