Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Marlow and the Monster

Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review - Marlow and the Monster

About the Book
Monsters hide under beds, in closets and lurk outside closed doors. No matter where these creatures take up residence, most children go through a phase when they worry about monsters, ghosts and other creepy-crawlies being in their room at night. So how can parents help them cope?

Sharon Cramer is a mom of three who has dealt with her fair share of monsters while raising her three sons. She tackles the subject in her latest children’s book Marlow and the Monster (Talking Bird Books, July 1, 2012, $14.95), a book every parent will want to keep on hand for those spooky nights.

In Marlow and the Monster, Marlow has a monster, whether he likes it or not. And guess what? He doesn't! What will Marlow do about this very pesky monster that keeps getting him into trouble? At his wits end, Marlow decides that the only prudent thing to do is to pawn the monster off on his little sister, Sarah, who eventually helps him see his monster in a very different light.

In Marlow and the Monster, Cramer takes the intimidation factor away from monsters and helps children and their parents form a more lighthearted view of these creatures.

“We don’t want to underestimate the reality our children’s beliefs and fears,” says Cramer, “but we do want to help them understand the role their imagination plays in controlling the things they are afraid of. For instance, maybe their monster is silly and goofy instead of mean and scary.” The book is, in Cramer’s words, “My first trip onto the wild side!” Illustrated with quill pen and ink, the only splash of color is reserved for the monster to depict that only the children can see him. Each illustration takes her between 30-40 hours to create.

About the Author
SHARON CRAMER is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and avid competitive equestrian. She is also the author of Cougar Cub Tales, an award winning children’s picture book series that follows the adventures of a brother and sister cougar cub, and is working on a new young adult series called The Cerulean Star. She lives in Spokane, Wash.

My Take on the Book
Sharon Cramer has created an imaginative story about a monster. The illustrations are in black and white and the Monster in the story is drawn with lots of color so it is easy to spot.

Marlow tries so hard to get rid of the monster in his room and his parents do not believe him. You will enjoy the expressions on the faces of Marlow and the monster as the story progresses. How can Marlow get rid of the monster? His parents don't believe him so they will not help him. Finally he decided to see if his little sister can help. It is a cute ending with the little sister helping Marlow and Marlow finally coming to like his little monster that lives in his room. After reading this creative take on "there is a monster in my room" , maybe you and your child can have fun creating a monster and deciding what kind of activities you would plan together.

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