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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Scary Jerry, the monster in Not So Scary Jerry by Shelley Kinder, who is trying to scare a little boy with his various antics. The boy and the monster strike up a friendship and the boy thinks monsters do not hug, though he is hugged by Jerry. The latter tries to scare the boy by dressing up like a ghost and opening his mouth wide, but the boy is not convinced. He thinks that Jerry does not like being a scary monster. Jerry likes being just a monster and not a scary one. He likes giving hugs, making waffles, painting rocks, giving pedicures, and thumb wrestling. It is a story of friendship and self-acceptance and will put a smile on the faces of young readers.
I like the concept of the monster being a friendly one instead of the usual scary ones we read about. Jerry is lovable and adorable, and children will have fun reading about him and the boy and the good times they have together. The illustrations are lively and charming and they breathe life into the characters and the story. It is an enjoyable story for bedtime story telling and children will love reading about Jerry and his antics during read aloud and story telling sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The friendship between Jerry and the boy helps children understand each other and themselves too. I like the way the author has knitted in the concept of friendship and self acceptance through the story of the boy and Jerry the monster.