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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Mosley the Feelings Monster, written by Dayna Mason and illustrated by Delane Hollstein, is a children's picture book revolving around a day in the life of a monster named Mosley and a series of emotions they experience throughout. The book begins with Mosley spotting a balloon floating by in the park and is able to catch it, providing a feeling of happiness. When the balloon pops, Mosley feels fear at the sound, an emotion that quickly escalates into anger. Once Mosley's temper has settled, they describe feeling sad. As they begin to cry, another young monster in the park walks up to Mosley and hands them another balloon. Mosley describes feelings of love from the generous new friend they've just made.
Mosley the Feelings Monster is a straightforward children's pre-school picture book. Illustrator Delane Hollstein uses a primary color palette to convey the changes in how Mosley is feeling. This is applied in both Mosley themselves and their environment, with Mosley's little horns also changing as they move through the stages of emotion. The simple but bold sketch work is well suited for the youngest of readers. Where Hollstein shows us what is happening outside, author Dayna Mason takes us into Mosley's thought process with uncomplicated text and an emphasis on trigger words that describe exactly how Mosley feels. I appreciated the gender neutrality and thought a balloon was the perfect vehicle to wrap the plot around. Any book that gets a child thinking is on the right track.