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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
The Biggest Little Fruit Monster by Rhett Simkins and K. Steven McWethy is a fun fusion of fruit and a menagerie! The reader is on the hunt for the biggest little fruit monster around. Along the way, they meet a host of critters who look like fruit. Each one has a special trait—Mangoroo is fast, Llamagranate is messy, and Grizzly Pear is fierce, but none of them is the one the reader is looking for just yet. That special creature is waiting at the end of the story. This book features beautiful illustrations, large print, rhyming text, and a fun surprise at the end.
I remember as a kid being enamored with picture books that featured sentient food, and the way these stories made family trips to the grocery store so much fun. I am so excited for another generation of children to get this experience with The Biggest Little Fruit Monster. Kids will learn puzzle-solving as they figure out which fruits and animals are fused to form the creatures on the page. The text is simple enough for an early reader to enjoy on their own, but has a few tricky words with contextual definitions to help develop their vocabulary. Finally, I cannot emphasize enough how original these pictures are! I adored each one of them in their detail and nuance, but my favorite is the Orangutangerine, the fusion of an orangutan and tangerine. Rhett Simkins and K. Steven McWethy's book is a must-have for an early reader’s shelf and promises lots of enjoyment on every page.