Title: Today I’m a Monster
Author: Agnes Green & Trevor Judson
Illustrator: Viktoriia Mykhalevych
Published: November 2017
Theme: Anger and Love
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 42
Synopsis: This is the enchanting tale of a little boy who woke up in a very bad mood indeed! It is a charming story that engages parents and their children alike. With its vibrant poetry, written for kids 3 to 8 years of age, this is a bedtime story that will set the imagination free and invite conversation – all while reminding kids that being in a bad mood is only a passing thing.
This story is about a child that wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. He allows his emotions to get the best of him as he goes through his day. In spite of how he’s behaving, his mother’s love proves unshakeable. Such a sweet sentiment.
At first, I wasn’t sure that I’d really like this book. I generally steer clear of anything that hints poetry but I was pleasantly surprised. Green and Judson did a great job grappling with emotions in a way that could be easily understood by a child. The cadence of the lines created a charming rhythm when read aloud (which I tend to do).
The illustrations flowed well with the text. They told their own story that younger audiences could easily follow. The message of love is clear and it warms the heart. I can see parents using this to help their children understand their own emotions.