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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
What’s A Monster? Tales from Dulaney Street by Maurice Trent is the story of Oliver, a little boy who hates walking around at night, especially down the hall. That night he wants to go to the bathroom and his older brother Ty warns him that if he makes too much noise banging the bathroom door the Monster might come. Ty tells him that the Monster will eat him in one bite. Oliver cannot sleep that night. By the time Oliver’s birthday comes, he has forgotten what Ty has told him. Oliver loves the playhouse he gets as a gift for his fifth birthday. He plays in it the entire day and falls asleep there. After his mother carries him and puts him back in bed, Oliver remembers that he has left all his things in the playhouse. He finds a shiny key hidden underneath his toys. The story takes a different turn when Oliver puts the key in a tiny keyhole he finds in the back door. Read on to find out what happens next.
The story is entertaining for young readers and it is interesting to see Oliver’s reaction when he comes face to face with a real monster. The illustrations are lively and vivid and they give fluidity to the scenes and breathe life into the characters. Oliver’s character is relatable to young readers and I like the way the author tries to make children understand about fear, being scared of something. It is a good bedtime storybook and, for all those children who love scary and adventurous stories, this story book is a must-read.