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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever thought there was a monster in your room? Ever heard scratching coming from under the floor? In My Friend Shtumpy by Jennifer Nicely, she shares a tale of finding that monster. A boy named Owen heard scratching and then tapping. He asked whatever was making the noise to tap once if the noisemaker could hear him. Then he heard—one tap! Wow! There was something under his floor and that something could understand him. Owen knew it had to be a monster. When the monster sawed the floor open and popped out, the two talked and played. They shared why each of them was sad. Will they be able to help each other with the sadness they both share? Yes, but the story is one worth reading to finding out how!
Jennifer Nicely’s tale of budding friendship in My Friend Shtumpy is both a fun read and one that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings with a different slant to 'there’s a monster in my room' theme. In the story of a little monster, the reader connects to what it’s like to be parted from loved ones. My Friend Shtumpy also shares the theme of diversity and not judging others on how they look or expectations of what you think they might be. Written in age-appropriate language and with child-appropriate activities, My Friend Shtumpy is a great book to teach tolerance, diversity, and problem-solving. I highly recommend it!