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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Brady and the Backyard Monster is a children's picture book written by Pattie Manente and illustrated by Olena Kharkovenko. Brady, a cute Labrador puppy, ventures outside to play and chase squirrels when he hears the familiar scritching sound of the monster. Nervous and scared, Brady struggles to move around and explore. One by one, his friends, the frog, and the bird, try to convince him that there are no monsters and encourage him to overcome his fears. Eventually, it's Gutsy the gopher who tells Brady to think of something to calm himself whenever he is scared. Feeling confident, Brady is ready to face his fears head-on when he sees the monster. He finds that the monster isn't what he imagined it to be. Now, Brady and his friends continue to play in his favorite place.
A fun-filled picture book that teaches children how to overcome one's fears, Brady and the Backyard Monster is a must-read for kids. Author Pattie Manente tells a delightful tale about an adorable Labrador puppy who finds his courage with the help of his friends and shows tremendous bravery in facing his innermost fears. Manente's story imparts the valuable lesson that sometimes our fears are nowhere near as scary as we imagine them to be. Olena Kharkovenko's colorful illustrations make the tale all the more engaging and immersive to read. I had a wonderful time reading Brady and the Backyard Monster. This is a fun adventure book for kids below the age of eight.