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In her Monsters on Mill Street Series, Sarah Sparks showcases a monster with a defining quality. In The Bounciest Monster on Mill Street, Becks, a yellow monster with a lot of pep in her step, is overwhelmed by the need to move, so she leaves her house and bounces down the street, through the park, and into outer space. After a short and dangerous trip past the sun and other celestial bodies, she plummets back to her house, destroying her kitchen. Becks learns how to control her urges, and though she still bounces, she jogs and meditates, too.
Excess energy is the focus of this vibrantly illustrated children's book by Sarah Sparks. Children will identify with Becks's exuberance, as everyone has felt particularly energetic at one point or another. The book will especially benefit children who exhibit signs of a hyperactivity disorder, as they will relate to Becks's need to get rid of her energy, even though it may be dangerous, cause a mess, or inconvenience others. Caregivers and educators can use the book to discuss ways to dispel excess energy constructively and introduce the benefits of meditation. Sparks doesn't discourage bouncing, but she shows safer and more beneficial ways to exercise. The author also shows Becks's transition as she realizes that her overactivity caused a mess she had to clean up. The Bounciest Monster on Mill Street will delight young children and may be enacted by the reader or audience when it is read aloud in large groups.