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Monday, July 20
My rating: ★★★★½
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of publication: January 27, 2015
Age: 2 - 6 years
Themes: friendliness, emotions, bunnies, monster
Declan is the friendliest of monsters, saying hi to everything he comes across—"Hello, clouds" and, "Hello, butterfly" and even, "Hello, dirt." But when it comes to bunnies? Well, his excitement might just be too much! Will his friendliness be contagious? Or will his enthusiasm keep scaring the bunnies away?
It's SO flippin' adorable. And funny. And it's SUCH a good read aloud. I honestly want to try it out in storytime right now. And not because the storyline is all that intricate or exciting—quite the opposite, in fact, with simple and repetitive text. No, what makes it so intriguing and fun is the full range of emotions that little Declan expresses! From ultimate excitement to utter despair, the illustrations and simple text really capture the emotion behind it all. Which is just fantastic for little kids and their reading comprehension. Just try this one out, honestly.
The blurb says it's good for fans of Sandra Boynton and Mo Willems—and I actually agree. Also a good readalike would be Banana! by Ed Vere.
Find it at your library or on Amazon