A guideline for keeping monsters away... Smarter than a Monster: A Survival Guide by Brandon Mull, illustrated by Mike Walton (Review) @ShadowMountn

Oh my gosh, guys! This book! Read why I loved it below...

Smarter Than a Monster:
A Survival Guide
By Brandon Mull
Illustrated by Mike Walton
Children's Picture Book
Hardcover, 32 Pages
October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain


No monster wants you to read this book. The more you know about monsters, the more you will know how to defeat them.

Little kids have big fears, which they often imagine to be scary creatures, like monsters. But this book helps explain how knowing "Monster Facts" can help kids outwit them.

Want to avoid monsters?

Fact: Monsters love dirt and grime, so when faced with two kids, the monster will choose the dirty one every time.

And if toys and clothes are all over the floor, you may get ambushed by a mess-loving monster.

Survival Tip: Take baths and keep your room clean.

Smarter Than a Monster will arm young readers with practical advice in this innovative and imaginative parenting tool that teaches common sense and positive and healthy habits.

Praise for the Book

“A smart intro to surviving monster encounters. I wish I’d had this book before I met my first fog giant.” - Seth Sorenson, Protector of Fablehaven

“Aims to diffuse the anxiety of imagined horrors at bedtime. The way to banish monsters, the text sensibly suggests, is for kids to arm themselves with knowledge about their characteristics, behaviors, and weaknesses. As neon-bright cartoons show children demonstrating the dos and don’ts of dealing with the impish beasts, Mull provides monstrous attributes largely aimed toward ensuring that children practice sterling habits.” - Publishers Weekly

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My Review

SMARTER THAN A MONSTER: A SURVIVAL GUIDE is a fun book that prods kids to use healthy habits in their fight against imaginative monsters. Full of colorful illustrations and short passages that any child will relate to and also find quite entertaining. Highly recommended!

Not only was this a fun and quick read for me as an adult, my kids loved it! They even read it multiple times. It's a rather inventive way of teaching children to brush teeth, keep their rooms clean, bathe and shower, etc. My older kids could see what the author was trying to encourage, but it is done in such a entertaining way that they couldn't help laughing about it.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This book is fabulous! Definitely one that should be added to bookshelves and included in regular nightly reading with children.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author & Illustrator

Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. A kinetic thinker, Brandon enjoys bouncy balls, squeezable stress toys, and popping bubble wrap. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and a dog named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Brandon loves meeting his readers and hearing about their experiences with his books.

Mike Walton has been a professional illustrator for more than twenty years. He earned his B.A. in Illustration from art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He’s worked in animation, comic books, web comics, trading cards, and all manner of media throughout his career. Smarter Than a Monster is his debut children’s book. He currently resides in Southern California and considers himself a nerd who loves visiting Disneyland attending the San Diego Comic Con.

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