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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Monster Who Came To Visit is a children’s picture book written by Neesa Bally and illustrated by Nooshin Behyan. The little girl in this story extended an invitation for a monster to visit with her; one which she soon began having second thoughts about. Her plan had been to befriend the monster so she wouldn’t be frightened of him anymore, but plans do backfire at times. Her monstrous guest was a handful. He really liked pancakes and gallons of juice, and his artistic inclinations soon left her with a handful of broken crayons and empty tins of paint. Her dog and cat weren’t too impressed by the monster’s desire to give them showers and baths either. And nap time? That monster was impossible to get to go to sleep. She thought, after all, that it was really kind of funny, what with her monster being such a handful. Everything he did was really kind of familiar -- and in the funniest possible way.
Neesa Bally’s The Monster Who Came To Visit is a sweet and quirky story designed to get kids to see themselves through different eyes. While caregivers will soon catch on to the surprise ending to this story, kids will no doubt be delighted and surprised as they turn the final page. Nooshin Behyan’s illustrations are marvelous, especially her whimsical portrayal of the monstrous houseguest. Each bright and boldly colored panel fits the humorous action to be found on each page. The Monster Who Came To Visit is a fine selection for a bedtime tale, but it’s also perfect for a new reader to try on their own. It’s most highly recommended.