Have you visited Central yet to see “The Art of Maurice Sendak“? Whether you’re preparing for your first visit, or are hungry for more monstrous adventures, check out these stories about monsters, wild things, and beasts (who aren’t as scary as they may seem).
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems
Losing all hope in his ability to scare people, which is sorely lacking, Leonardo, who is terrible at being a monster, discovers a nervous little boy who seems to be the perfect candidate for him to practice on.
Go Away Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley
Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.
Buddy and the Bunnies in Don’t Play With Your Food!, by Bob Shea
A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates.
Even Monsters Need Haircuts, by Matthew McElligott
At night under a full moon, a child operates a barber shop with a monstrous clientele.
Tickle Monster, by Édouard Manceau
At bedtime, a brave child makes a monster disappear by tickling its various parts, such as its teeth so it cannot bite, and the parts transform into new objects that create a non-threatening scene.
Take a look at Central Library’s flannel-board re-imagining of Manceau’s Tickle Monster for a sneak-peek of what happens to this not-so-scary monster when he gets tickled: