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Bernadette might seem like an ordinary monster, but sometimes she likes to do some very unmonsterlike things, like pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake. When the time comes for Bernadette to go to Monster Academy, she's just a teensy bit nervous. Her classmates just don't understand her. They'd rather uproot trees than sing friendship songs. And they prefer fried snailBernadette might seem like an ordinary monster, but sometimes she likes to do some very unmonsterlike things, like pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake. When the time comes for Bernadette to go to Monster Academy, she's just a teensy bit nervous. Her classmates just don't understand her. They'd rather uproot trees than sing friendship songs. And they prefer fried snail goo to Bernadette's homemade cupcakes with sprinkles. Can Bernadette find a way to make friends at school and still be herself?...

Title : Mostly Monsterly
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ISBN : 9781416961109
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Mostly Monsterly Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-06-11 17:40

    Contrary to the title and asserted premise, Bernadette actually seems pretty minimally monsterly to me. This was cute, but I'm not sure what the point was -- the author seemed to be going for a twist (but not really, because the twist has also been done before, better) on the hoary old "it's ok to be yourself" kiddie book theme. But, Bernadette is the one who goes off to Monster Academy, despite preferring hugs and cupcakes to growling and smashing, and she's the one trying to change the other monsters, who seem pretty happy as they are. No one is preventing her from baking and hugging kittens as she likes to do. New acquaintances declining to give you hugs is not really discriminatory, Bernadette. Maybe you should go home to that kitten you appear to have abandoned.

  • SheriC (PM)
    2019-06-03 14:33

    Although the concept of a little monster who doesn’t quite fit in at Monster School because she’s a little too sweet is kind of cute, it really didn’t connect for me. I guess I don’t see the fun in a monster girl who likes stereotypical little girl things. The illustrations were cute, though. Hardcover, borrowed from my public library.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-31 17:53

    After a certain point the sheer number of princess and fairy books a children's librarian has to handle begins to feel oppressive. The crushing weight of all that pink and all that glitter and all those bows . . . you begin to feel great waves of pity for those little girls who AREN'T into all those things. The kinds of little girls you might find in books like Miss Brooks Loves Books And I Don't. Where are the books for the little girl monsters of the world? Enter Mostly Monsterly a book that contains no princesses. No fairies. No glitter or bows or pink (excepting the occasional pig-tailed monster). That said, I'd bet your bottom dollar that you could hand this book to a princess-obsessed little girl OR a little boy who obsesses over single subject picture books, and still manage to capture their attention and win their hearts. It's cute, this book, but never makes even the slightest attempts to cloy.Look, no one's saying that Bernadette is not a monster. She looks the part (two toes, creepy necklace, etc.) and does the requisite amount of lurching, growling, and mayhem. However, Bernadette harbors what you might call a "deep... dark... secret." She has a penchant for sweetness. Whether it's petting kittens or baking muffins, she is only "mostly" monsterly. So when Bernadette starts school with the other monsters you might think she'd try to reign in her cutesy qualities. Not so much. Her classmates, in fact, are horrified as one when they see her attempt a group hug or croon into a microphone. Her cupcakes don't go over any better, and Bernadette comes to realize that though she is only mostly monsterly, sometimes you have to meet others halfway. So she'll make everyone in the class cards... but they'll be gross. And she'll get a group hug.... Underneath a monster pile-on. Sometimes she's monsterly and sometimes she's sweet and both are perfectly a-okay when doled out carefully.Some folks see this as a parable about learning to be true to yourself, and I suppose that's one way of looking at it. I'm more interested in the fact that this story is about how Bernadette doesn't continue to pig-headedly act against the will of the crowd, but rather she realizes that compromise is key. She could have just decided all other monsters were wrong and that she was right and continued to bake cupcakes with sprinkles. Instead, she finds a kind of middle ground with the other monsters. That monsterish instincts do not preclude other instincts as well. Note too the lack of any kind of an authority figure on the part of both the author and the illustrator. Sauer certainly doesn't make any mention of a teacher or professor holding Bernadette accountable for her individuality. Instead, Sauer (and Magoon by extension) make this a book about a kid interacting with her peers. It's about how you're perceived by a group, not how you're perceived by an authority figure. I think that's an important distinction to make.Magoon's challenge, as I see it, was to find a way to make his little monster simultaneously monsterish and adorable. We don't know the extent to which Sauer and Magoon collaborated (generally speaking authors and illustrators of picture books tend to have very little contact with one another). So it is entirely conceivable that Sauer's description of Bernadette ("Pointy ears, fangs, claws, tail, two toes, huge eyes, creepy necklace") were all Mr. Magoon had to go on. After that point he had to create a girl child monster cute enough to make her softer instincts plausible but monsterish enough to convince you that you weren't dealing with a human child or anything. He does a pretty darn good job, I have to say. The eyelashes and Ramona-esque haircut help but really it's the facial and body expressions that set her apart from the pack. That coy glance she shoots a rope, knowing full well that she is just moments away from cutting it. Or the sideways excited glance she shoots her classmates when they first spot her homemade cards. There's a subtlety to this little monster, even in the midst of her school assigned havoc.I would hand this to the girl that finds herself in a family of brothers only. I would hand it to the kid who finds his or herself to be the only sane person in a sea of disobeying twits. I'd give it to the kid who has monsterish instincts of their own, and the one who would never purposefully disobey but can at least give themselves permission to dream about it a little. Heck, I'd give it to everybody. It's not your usual "be yourself" moral, and I think that kids can seriously appreciate that. Worth inspecting closely.Ages 4-8.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-06-02 15:35

    This book is quite adorable. It’s about Bernadette the monster who is mostly monsterly. She does most of the things monsters do, but she’s also a bit different and likes to do sweet things (such as those that well behaved girls would do) that monsters don’t do or admire in others. In this story Bernadette finds a way to fit in with her fellow young monsters while still being true to herself. The illustrations are so much fun. They’re of monsters but they’re not going to scare the vast majority of children. Most are very amusing.This is a really fun read aloud book.And, according to the author’s bio section on the inside back cover, Bernadette’s secret cupcake recipe can be found at her website: I looked and it’s the very easiest recipe to veganize but it could be done, and I’m sure for vegan kids, or those allergic to dairy or eggs, any white frosting with sprinkles cupcakes would be satisfactory.

  • Lourdes Heuer
    2019-05-26 16:27

    "For a monsterBernadette was just a little too sweet."

  • Akoss
    2019-06-14 18:54

    The monster aspect is more on the gross and mayhem-causing side than scary. I liked how it's a story about being alike but also unique in one's own special way at the same time.

  • Erin
    2019-05-26 16:37

    Any book able to incorporate Elvis is alright in my book (no pun intended! ha!). On a serious note... Bernadette is a monster who is a little different from everyone. She was "mostly monsterly" with point ears, huge eyes, frangs, claws, a tail, two foes, and even a creepy necklage! Underneath her growling and lurchying, she was truly a loving monster with a deep dark secret: She was too sweet! While other monsters practiced lurching techniques, she wanted a group hug! She gave notes that were too nice and sang love songs (this is where Elvis comes in!) while everyone else was perfecting their creepy noises! So what happens when Bernadette is about to give up? You will just have to read and find out... :o)Just kidding. She finds a way to stay on their level and reach her friends in a different way while still being herself. The illustrations are not my favorite, but a little kid would enjoy the colors, lines, and content (who doesn't love monsters at that age?!), but the message is worth while.

  • paula
    2019-06-05 13:28

    Meet little Bernadette. She's all monster on the outside: fanged, blue-gray, with claws and a tail, but on the inside she has alarming tendencies toward sweetness. And that just doesn't fly at monster school with the other kids. Agh! Seriously? Another picture book about accepting your differences? Yes. And this is the good one. You knew there had to be one. (I kid, I kid! There are others that are good. It's just that by the time you've read about the energetic sloth, and the tiny dinosaur, the unstealthy ninja, the bat, and the pink penguin, your eyes begin to cross and you begin to think anyone who is different should just be shot. And that includes me, so relax.) ANYWAY. Mostly Monsterly is as funny as can be, with sweet little Bernadette surreptitiously petting kittens, baking cupcakes, and freaking her gruesome classmates out when she suggests a group hug. Her reconciliation of her sweet side and her monster side is innovative and replicable. And I'd like to have sheets made of these cutely creepy illustrations - the cover is exactly the color of my living room.

  • The Library Lady
    2019-05-26 15:46

    Recently there was Yuck That's Not A Monster featuring a sweet fluffy pink monster. And now here's Bernadette who looks monsterly but is also in touch with her sweet side. So here's a bit of that along with another "learn to make your differences acceptable to a group" a la the recent Chamelia.But kids will be so busy enjoying the wild rumpus here that perhaps the message will mercifully be drowned out. And the art is a lot of fun.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-17 19:50

    This book is fun. You can be yourself and still be one of a group. Good message, good pictures.

  • Angela
    2019-05-28 16:54

    Certainly one of the cutest monster books around. I can't wait to have a Mosnters & Cupcakes party this fall!

  • Cassie
    2019-06-08 17:48

    Some of Bernadette's interests are a little unusual compared to the other monsters at school. But she doesn't let that stop her from doing the things she likes.

  • Grace
    2019-06-12 12:53

    This book is such a cute book! When I first saw Mostly Monsterly from the cover, I thought the book was mainly about a monster with all the "monster" traits, with some unique "human-like" traits. However, I was actually surprised how majority of our main character's action was different from what monsters normally do. She did things that the monsters thought was unique, and weird for any monster to do. It made me let out a small laugh in some times, when she wanted to do something that monsters were not fond of. It was nice how she used her unique creativity to mix with what monsters normally do near the end. I think I will be able to use this book in my future classroom, by creating a lesson of them creating a monster and describing how they are different because of some traits.

  • Mary Zychowicz
    2019-05-17 15:35

    I gave this book 4 stars because for one, Tammi Sauer is a well established author and I like most of her books. The story is about a little monster girl who isn't as "Monsterly" as others think she should be. She finally figures out how to be true to herself and still fit in which is a good lesson for kids. Personally, I'm not a fan of monster characters so that's just my personal preference. The book is cute though.

  • Melissa Butler
    2019-05-31 20:44

    I absolutely loved this book! I thought it was a great read for children who are going through that hard stage in their lives where they feel like they don't belong. This addresses an important topic with an interesting story line and pretty pictures.

  • Jenn Swanson
    2019-06-03 17:33

    Bernadette is a monster who doesn't do things the way other monsters do. She likes flowers and other "non monsterly" things. The illustrations were adorable and the story was cute as well. My daughter enjoyed this book. Would recommend.

  • Katie Carter
    2019-06-03 18:34

    This was a pretty cute story. I would recommend this book as an opener to talking about differences and being yourself!

  • A.C. Paige
    2019-06-03 19:55

    Cute and funny

  • Katie
    2019-05-18 16:34

    Most kids cannot get enough of books with "scary" creatures in them and this book is funny and shows a different side to monsters. Cute book!

  • EllieDynek
    2019-06-05 15:42

    Cute story, definitely shows kids that it's okay to be yourself :)

  • Egallagher2016gmail.Com
    2019-06-16 19:44

    It wasn't scary enough. She was being nice in it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-24 16:37

    A fun, non-scary monster in the "it's okay to be yourself" theme. I think it will work well for my "silly monsters" preschool story time.

  • Baby Bookworm
    2019-05-31 13:34

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, everybody! Today’s book is Mostly Monsterly, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Scott Magoon, a story about making friends while being yourself.Bernadette is mostly monsterly: she lurches and growls and causes mischief. But occasionally, she also likes to do very UN-monsterly things, like bake cupcakes and cuddle kittens. So when she’s getting ready to go Monster School, she feels nervous. And sure enough, the other monsters are confused and put off by her overtures of un-monsterly friendship. How can Bernadette connect with the other monsters without sacrificing who she is?This one has sort of a complex message, and it required a bit of consideration after reading, but ultimately I liked it. Bernadette is happy as she is, just as the other monsters are happy as they are. So the lesson is about bridging the gap, and finding common ground to form friendships without omitting or changing who you are. It’s a slightly more complicated message than your average “be yourself” children’s book, but a valid one nonetheless. That said, this one might be better for older bookworms: they would better be able to sort out the concept, and the gross-out humor would appeal more. The illustrations are cute and creepy, with a more muted color palette than books for younger readers. And while the length is fine, JJ was not as stimulated by this one. So overall, we liked it okay, but we bet older kids would love it. Still, Baby Bookworm approved!Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  • Tasha
    2019-05-19 12:47

    Bernadette had claws, a tail, fangs, and pointy ears. She was a monster. She caused all sorts of mayhem, but underneath she was different. She liked flowers, kittens, and baking treats. So Bernadette was nervous to go to school with the other monsters. Her niceness did not fit in with the group well. She asked for a group hug and got glares. She sang a sweet song and someone ate her microphone. Even her cupcakes with sprinkles get the monsters to turn tail and run. How was she going to make friends? Bernadette had a plan, a very monsterly, yet sweet one. Sauer nicely turns the pink and princessy on its head with this small blue monster. The mix of sweet and monster is a winning one, nicely cleansing the saccharine that can accumulate from too many pink sparkly picture books. Sauer has a great sense of humor that is on display in her title. The things that the monster children hope are in the box as treats are silly and great fun. Sauer does not limit herself to normal picture book words in a any way. Make way for slobber, conquer and dismantle, among others. Magoon’s illustrations offer plenty of monster styles and types for the reader to gape at. None of the monsters are frightening. This is a funny book and the illustrations stay in that style as well. They are bright, intriguing and silly. Bernadette is a monster we can all relate to, thanks in large part to the way she is depicted in the illustrations.A book that celebrates our diversity and differences, this is a great monster book to add to your not-so-scary stories pile. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Emma
    2019-06-13 13:33

    On the outside Bernadette is mostly monsterly. She has point ears, huge eyes, fangs and even a creepy necklace. She can lurch, growl and cause all kind of mayhem. But underneath the fangs and the fur, Bernadette has a deep, dark secret.Sometimes, when she's all alone, Bernadette likes to pick flowers, and pet kittens, and do all kinds of things that aren't monsterly at all.When Bernadette starts school all of her classmates act like total monsters but with a few secret weapons and some quick thinking Bernadette should be able to win them over and still get to be herself in Mostly Monsterly (2010) by Tammi Sauer and Scott Magoon (illustrator).Sauer's writing is perfect for reading aloud with built in pauses for suspense and surprises and a lot of humor. Bernadette is a lovable monster who learns that sometimes being different is okay but some concessions might be needed to make friends. The message is never heavy handed or otherwise over the top.Magoon's illustrations add the perfect blend of creepiness and cuteness to the story to create a book that will be perfect for any monster fans but not too scary for younger readers.Excellent possibility for a storytime program about being yourself.Possible Pairings: A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, Presenting . . . Talulah by Tori Spelling and Vanessa Brantley NewtonThis book was received for review at Simon and Schuster's Fall 2010 preview in May.

  • Brian
    2019-06-08 16:30

    The book that I chose to read this week is called, Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer. This book is about this young monster that is ‘supposed’ to be tough, scary, and cause all kinds of mayhem; however, instead she is soft-hearted, kind, and polite. She was very much the outcast among her peers because she did not possess the stereotypical characteristics that a monster should possess. She was just Bernadine and though she was different, she loved who she was. One day Bernadine decided to make all of her peers cards. Initially, they were all quite skeptical of receiving a card because that was too nice and monsters are not supposed to be nice; however, though her gesture was kind, the cards had all kinds of icky pictures and poems that they all seemed to enjoy. I really enjoyed this book because it made me think back to my childhood and remember how hard it was to be myself sometimes. It can be hard to fit in, and relate to our peers, but it sure is wonderful when you realize that being different is okay too.A good type of questioning technique to use is a hypothetical question. for example, how would you feel if it were you that was different from everyone else? is it okay to be unique?

  • Kristen
    2019-06-06 14:53

    Bernadette the monster has a "deep, dark secret". She likes sweet things, like flowers, and kittens, and baking cupcakes with sprinkles. When she goes to Monster School, she doesn't quite fit in. She's "mostly monsterly", but wants to share her sweet side, too. This doesn't go over well with the other monsters, until she combines her monster side with her sweet side: she makes thoughtful cards for her friends, with phrases like "Roses are red, violets are blue. In this card I went ACHOO!" complete with green ooze. The sweet lesson of learning to be yourself no matter what, accepting others no matter the differences, etc. is nicely served with kid-friendly grossness (toenail clippings and hairballs, anyone?) This will inspire little ones to create a slew of icky greeting cards for friends, so after reading, have craft materials on hand. And antibacterial wipes.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-05-21 14:32

    Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer is is about Bernadette trying to find the right balance between being herself and being a monster. She has to face her fears, though, as she starts a new school — Monster Academy.Bernadette likes to sing friendship songs and her classmates prefer to uproot trees. She likes cupcakes with sprinkles and they eat fried snail slime. Should she try to be as monstery as possible at school while being herself at home? Or can she be herself in both places and still make friends?Combined with the message of be proud to be yourself are the adorable illustrations by Scott Magoon. Even at her most monsterly, Bernadette is still a likeable character — as are her more rowdy, monsterly compatriots.

  • Katrina Dombrowsky
    2019-05-24 16:45

    I really enjoy this story, but it definitely went over better with the older kids. I don’t think the little ones quite understood the concept that Bernadette the monster didn’t fit in with her monster peers because she was sweet and enjoyed things like baking and petting kittens. The delightfully yucky cards she made for them said things like “Roses are red, Violets are Blue, In this card I went ‘Achoo!'” These lines didn’t get quite the laughter and gross-out effect I was going for. Aside from that, I appreciate the book’s message that it’s okay to be unique and you can still find a way to fit in while being true to yourself.

  • S.N. Arly
    2019-05-21 16:36

    Picked this up from the library to fill out our Halloween theme, and am really glad I did. Bernadette is a monster. She's MOSTLY monsterly. But there are ways that she behaves very un-monsterly. In the end, she's able to find acceptance and be okay with being herself.In addition to being a fun and not scary monster book (which can be nice for kids who are younger or prone to fear of the dark), this story includes a really nice message about being yourself, even if it isn't what everybody expects. And the author doesn't assume kids need to be hit over the head with the message, which makes it work all the better.