Saturday, September 28, 2013

Whatever! Some Monsters Are Different by Daniel Milgrim



It's "different strokes for different folks," and according to Daniel Milgram's newest picture book, the same goes for little monsters. Some of them like to dance the night away, and some just prefer being spectators. Some talk their friends' ears off, and some eschew all that yadda yadda yadda.. Some are picky eaters, and some of them are only too eager to eat anything that won't eat them first.

Vive la difference is Milgrim's theme as he dishes up a variety of little monsters, all quite charming and all quite diverse, but none is so cute as his little star, in his combo spaceman-Viking helmet with antlers and alien's antenna decked in Yuletide ornaments, not to mention his superhero's blue cape. All of them are just perfectly wonderful just the way they are, and that's the way we like it.

Artist-author Daniel Milgrim's simple little story, Some Monsters Are Different (Henry Holt, 2013) celebrates all of the ways there are to be, one just right for that shy child who's not sure he or she will fit in into whatever the world brings next. Milgram is also the author and illustrator of the ironically funny Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the next generation, which reminds us that while it's fine to be wired, it's also fine to be turn off and tune out sometimes.



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