Published by artfox.bookwolf, 2021.
There’s a noisy, book-reading monster under Alexander’s bed but Alexander is feeling brave and declares that he’s not scared. He decides to compile a list of who, among his family and neighbours, is and isn’t afraid of monsters.
The book’s quirky artwork is really appealing. Fransie Frandsen has used a clever collage technique, combining bold illustration with photographs, to create colourful eye-catching pages. There’s plenty of humour in the illustrations too – mainly surrounding the mischievous pet dog.
The book is very traditional, and old-fashioned, in terms of the type of family it depicts and the gender roles assigned to the parents. We see a nuclear family – mom, dad and two children. Dad works. Mom cares for the home and the family. Some of Mom’s fears – broken heels and chipped nail varnish – jarred a little with me too.
However, the book does also address important issues. It explores worries in a gentle and accessible way. It’s a good springboard for wider discussions – either at home or at school – around fears and anxiety.
Suitable for children aged 4+
Thank you to Midas PR for sending me this book to review.