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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Mikey and the Swamp Monster is an imaginative tale of an ordinary boy who transforms into a superhero to rid the house of the swamp monster. Equipped with his monster-stopper kit, Mikey watches as the swamp monster approaches the front door of his house. With a clothespin on his nose and holding his monster-catcher or butterfly net, Mikey approaches the swamp monster and catches it! Author Jeanne Moran has created a wonderful story that children—and their parents—will want to read over and over again. This easy to read picture book with its full-page realistic drawings will entertain children aged 4 –7 each time they read it.
Mikey and the Swamp Monster is filled with bright, colorful images by illustrator Michael Rausch. I especially liked the illustration on page 13 because it’s from an unusual angle. You can see the emotion on Mikey’s face. Artist Michael Rausch is imaginative and draws pink, purple, and blue skunks. Author Jeanne Moran has written a humorous story of a superhero that manages to catch the swamp monster and come up with a good solution to a smelly problem. Perhaps after reading the book, children could pretend to be superheroes and search their home for monsters to add some interactivity to the book. Maybe you can pretend that a stuffed animal is a monster and hunt for it. I think they would enjoy the hunt. I highly recommend this book for libraries, schools, and homes. Wait until you find out who the swamp monster really is! I also love the ending or is “the end?”