That’s Not the Monster We Ordered by Tara Black, Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones is a fun book. It is a clever and amusing story that teaches children and adults alike the importance of being thankful, accepting change, and how to love unconditionally. I adore books like this because they take some pretty weighty issues and shine the light on the important stuff that has to often be learned. I feel this book comes at the importance of all these things in such a great way.
In this book, we meet a family that wants a monster because their neighbors got one. The neighbor’s monster can do so many wonderful and awesome things. Well, this family orders their own but what they got wasn’t what they were expecting. Their monster was different and didn’t seem as cool. He seemed defective and kinda disappointing. In this story there’s a twist and the family learns to love their monster just the way he is with all his unique skills and thrills.
My 8 and 5 year old really enjoyed this story. My eight year old has picked this one up to read alone and my five year old prefers to have it read to him. The book opens the door for conversation starters pertaining to sometimes being disappointed but looking for the silver lining in everything we have. It’s actually a great book to read with Thanksgiving coming up.
This story is silly, fun, and entertaining. The pictures are fun to look at and the story is top-notch. My family recommends this one for boys and girls ages 4-8 years old.
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a free sample or a discount to purchase the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.