Bernadette looks like a regular monster, all right: fur, fangs, pointed ears. But take a closer look at what she likes to do when no one’s looking and you may begin to see a whole different side, one that her friends at the Monster Academy aren’t sure how to handle — until Bernadette finds a way to bring them all together. A tale about being yourself. Written by the majorly masterly Tammi Sauer (Cowboy Camp, Chicken Dance).
“Sauer's turnabout story of a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. . .is winning. Magoon's monster-hued cartoons. . . revel in such details as prep-school uniforms and a Monster Moves Class with yoga mats and monster-themed hydration bottles—and Bernadette's a fanged, horned charmer.” —Kirkus Reviews
"From Ferdinand the Bull to the heroic mouse Despereaux, children’s books focus to good effect on an individual whose appearance seems at odds with his or her nature. Bernadette is one of those creatures: a fierce-looking little monster, complete with turquoise skin, fangs, claws, and pointy ears. Magoon’s digital illustrations are the highlight of this book—Bernadette’s colorful classmates feature all sorts of appealing extras, like multiple eyes, horns, and feet. A green one even has four heads, and they’re all smiling by the end." —Booklist
"With her pointy ears, claws, and fangs, Bernadette is mostly monsterly. She lurches, growls, and causes mayhem. However, she also likes to pet kittens, pick flowers, and bake. This side of her personality doesn't go over well with her classmates at the Monster Academy, until she shows them that she can hold her own with the best of them. Sauer tells a well-paced story in simple, repetitive phrases. The writing reveals just enough, allowing the artwork to fill in the rest of the story. Magoon's whimsical cartoon illustrations featuring rough lines are reminiscent of those in Mo Willems's Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (Hyperion, 2005). This artistic style proves effective in conveying the look of monsters without the frightening attributes. In fact, the art complements the humorous tone of the story, and the interplay of text and illustration is such that the book comes across as the product of one mind instead of two. A fun and delightful read for all children who have both a monsterly and a kind side." —School Library Journal
- Winner Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of 2010
- Recognized by Scholastic as a book celebrating diversity
- Scholastic "Time to Read with Just-Right Books for K-2" Editor's Pick
- Scholastic Book Club selection
- Winner of a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite award
- Winner of 2011 Oklahoma book award
- Blogger Jama Rattigan has a monstrous blog post.
- Society of Illustrators The Original Art juried show acceptance
Behind the Scenes
Here are some sketches I created while working on Mostly Monsterly: