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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Two Monsters and Me: Everybody Gets Angry is a children's picture book written by George Nesty and illustrated by Tatiana Kholopenko and Anna Sumina. Milo is a young boy who'd planned to go outside to catch a tiger, but as he prepares to venture out, he discovers that it is raining. Initially feeling down about not being able to play outside, Milo discovers two friendly monsters - Zim and Ixy - hiding under his bed. The monsters talk of the different lands they have journeyed to and are excited for today's adventure with Milo. During playtime with his new friends, Milo explains the different methods he uses to deal with anger, such as putting the anger into a basket or box instead of keeping it locked up inside. At mealtime, Milo, Zim and Ixy go to the dining table and when Milo loses his temper and almost throws a tantrum, he is reminded of the different ways to vent your anger peacefully.
George Nesty's wonderfully-written and imaginative tale for children is quite clever and should be a how-to book for parents as they guide their children through life. Often kids feel like they have no outlet to vent the many things in life which get on their last nerve, but being able to picture the anger as a physical thing and removing it from your immediate environment is a brilliant way to avoid a scene. When we grow up knowing how to deal with life's trials and tribulations, it helps us to bring forth an inner calm we would not otherwise have within us. I very much enjoyed reading Two Monsters and Me: Everybody Gets Angry and recommend it not only to young readers aged 5-12, but also to parents of children who are at the beginning of their growing and learning adventures in life.