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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite
Too Cute to Spook, written by Diana Aleksandrova and illustrated by Alicia Young, is the fourth book in their Special Monsters Collection, with the other three being Mon-staa, Thud! Thud! and an Activity Book: Monsters – Packed, Fun Activities. In Too Cute to Spook, Larry, the monster and the main character in this picture book, longs to scare children. However, he is so cute that, instead of chasing them away by his antics, he actually draws them to him. How he learns to cope with his unique (for a monster, that is) problem makes for such fun reading that children will love this book.
What I especially appreciated about Diana Aleksandrova’s Too Cute to Spook is the way in which Larry consults books to find how to deal with his problem. By making her lead character do so, Aleksandrova is encouraging other children to do likewise. That, at the core of the narrative, lies the key motive of encouraging children to overcome their fears, which makes this work all the more important. In addition, Larry’s sidekick mouse is also too adorable for words. The warm and compassionate tone in which the story is told should appeal to any child and child care minder. The drawings are so humorous and tenderly drawn that I was led to closely scrutinize them so that I could delight in each and every detail. This is a book to be savored over and over again. In short, Too Cute to Spook is simply too cute to resist!