Thursday, July 19, 2012

Children's Book Review: My Monster Burrufu

Media Type: Ebook
Title: My Monster Burrufu
Author: Alberto Corral
Illustrator: Alessandra Sorrentino
Publisher: Petite Grande Idee
Pages: Paperback; 102
Release Date: April 4, 2011
Source: Amazon
Recommended to: Parents looking for a good sized chapter book to share with their children. Great bedtime book!

Difficulty Level: This would be perfect for readers transitioning from picture books to lengthier chapter books. The vocabulary is not too complicated, and there are still plenty of illustrations.

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
Seven-year-old Olivia has just moved to a new house—the same house where a lonely monster named Burrufu lives hidden in a secret attic. One night, unable to resist the smell of delicious cookies, Burrufu sneaks out and is discovered by Olivia. The two soon learn that you can find friendship in the most unexpected places.

My Monster Burrufu is a story of overcoming fear, a curse, and a most unusual monster who learns from a little girl how to trust his heart.

We meet Olivia as she is moving to the country. Her father, a writer, is looking for quiet place to write and a big, old Victorian house is just the ticket! What will Olivia discover in her new home? Will she be happy? She's not sure, but one thing she definitely didn't expect to find was a monster...

Alberto Corral does a very nice job of creating a young girl character who children will fall in love with. She's sweet, kind, giving, and makes some amazing cookies! Best of all, she's the bravest little girl I've ever known. When she hears noises coming from upstairs does she run away? Oh no, not Olivia! Instead she sets a trap, and the magic begins.

Alessandra Sorrentino draws the pictures in My Monster Burrufu and the illustrations are just gorgeous. Olivia is so tiny compared to her big, fuzzy friend. The pictures with the two of them were my absolute favorite! I see many a child listening with wide eyes to the story that Alberto Corral so expertly weaves, and giggling out loud at the pictures that accompany it. Let me tell you, adult or not, I loved the balance between the story and illustrations! I was smitten.

This story is adorable, heartfelt, and teaches a very important lesson. Olivia and Burrufu show that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, you can be a very special person! The two of them teach children how to respect others differences and love them for who they are. Too cute! Seriously. If you are looking for a fun read to share with your little one, especially at bedtime, pick this book up. It's sure to steal you heart!

Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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