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Short Stories for Little Monsters

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

tagged: humorous stories, imagination & play
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published: Jun 2020
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

The internationally acclaimed author of the Stella and Sam series has created a collection of short, funny illustrated stories.

This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day.

What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares?

These short stories are illustrated in vibrant watercolor and collage in cartoon style. They are rich in detail and tiny humorous subplots that will delight all little sharp-eyed monsters.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: 

Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

About the Author
Marie-Louise Gay has come a long way since she failed art class in the third grade. The author and/or illustrator of over sixty books for children, she has captured the imaginations of children and their parents with her whimsical cartoons and beloved characters like Stella and Sam, Caramba and Henry, and Princess Pistachio. In 2013 Marie-Louise was award the Claude Aubry Award, which is presented by IBBY Canada for distinguished service within the field of children's literature.
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Recommended Age and Grade
5 to 8
k to 3
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
Editorial Reviews

This volume is worth reading multiple times to enjoy the humor and to revisit the witty illustrations and snappy dialogue.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Silly and funny and unique, graced with the fabulous illustrations by Marie-Louise Gay.

— Youth Services Book Review, STARRED REVIEW

Fans of Louis Sachar's Wayside School stories and Shel Silverstein's repertoire of drawings will delight as this picture book joins their ranks.

— Kirkus Reviews

A whimsical, attractive, and unique book.

— CM Magazine

Original, inventive, pore-overable, and child-pleasing; it's well worth being deemed a "little monster" to be the audience for this book.


Don’t be surprised if this one becomes a dog-eared favorite in your child’s bedroom or your school library or classroom. It’s smart, funny, entertaining, and eminently browse-able. More picture books like this, please.

— Kirkus Reviews

In these comics-style snapshots of whimsy, Gay lets children and other creatures break the rules of ordinary life. … Imagination makes the strangest things possible.

— Publishers Weekly

Gay's whimsical artwork is always a treat.… Little ones will appreciate the bite-size nature of these playful stories and gentle jokes, as well as the riotous spreads packed with lively details.

— Booklist

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