Sharing and Caring: Love Monster And the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright
BUT WAIT! WHAT WAS THIS?
A BOX OF CHOCOLATES!
JUST SITTING THERE!
Could one of his friends have left him a surprise welcome-home gift? They all know how much monsters love chocolates.
Love Monster considers the joys of a mixed assortment of chocolate-covered delights. Which flavors may be inside? Chocolate-covered peanut-butter brittle? Fizzy fruit sherbets? His favorite, berry swirls?
BUT THEN HE THOUGHT A THOUGHT THAT HE JUST COULDN'T UN-THINK!
He really should share this box of chocolates with his friends.
He should... but there are problems.
What if there are not enough pieces to go around? Or worse, what if they choose all his favorites?
And worst of all... what if the only piece left for him is one of those coffee-flavored thingies?
It's a crisis of conscience for Love Monster. He weighs the question: To share or not to share?
I'M SORRY TO TELL YOU THAT LOVE MONSTER DECIDED IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR EVERYONE IF HE KEPT THE CHOCOLATES.
Decision made, he brews himself a cup of tea. He peers through the peephole to make sure the coast is clear and then sits down happily with the whole box of chocolates in his lap.
But just as he is ready to open the lid, he notices a queasy feeling inside... that feeling that means what he's about to do is not the right thing to do.
Love Monster is out the door, scurrying to find his friends with the still unopened box, feeling good about making the right choice.
But in Rachel Bright's latest Love Monster story, Love Monster and the Last Chocolate (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), there's a surprise waiting for our hero when, with his friends gathered around, he opens that box with a flourish, to find it empty--except for just one piece!
"SILLY MONSTER! WE SAVED THE LAST PIECE (YOUR FAVORITE) FOR YOU!"
There's just a touch of irony when author Bright's cute little fuzzy monster finds out that his friends are one step ahead of him all the way, in this sweet story of Valentine candy sharing, and readers will likely not be surprised to learn that the last piece left is not the coffee-flavored thingie. Bright offers up a savory moral but dips it in her sweet but insightful comic coating in illustrative storytelling that makes this one a treat for young readers. Pair this one with Mo Willem's equally empathetic Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (see my review here).
Rachel Bright's early books in this Valentine-approved series are Love Monster and Love Monster and the Perfect Present.