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Review: The Colour Monster Goes To School by Anna Llenas.

Review: The Colour Monster Goes To School by Anna Llenas.

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What do little monsters get up to at school? 

The colour monster is nervous. It’s his first day at school, except nobody has explained what school really is. What happens there? Is it a spooky castle or a scary jungle? Luckily he has a friend to hold his hand. Together they meet the class, play some music and eat lunch in the hall. With his friend and guide to help him, the colour monster realises school is a happy place after all. 

A bright and witty story which introduces a typical school day to young readers. 

Do you remember being three or four? If you were anything like me, you probably saw children in school uniform, but what they did all day? Well, that isn’t always so clear to little people. I had a sister close in age, which was a big help because I’d been alongside her as she was prepared for the transition, and listened to her stories beyond that. Without that, I imagine it would all have been a mystery. Books like The Colour Monster Goes To School prevent children from imagining the worst. They can be read through over and over, and offer a safe space for children to ask questions and raise fears. 

The monster himself is a delight. At first he is a nervous tangle of colours, even a slightly murky mess of greens and blacks which suggest he feels sick, but as he settles down he runs through solid shades of love and delight. 

It would be interesting to use colour to explore feelings and might offer another way for young readers to explore how they feel about school. 

A reassuring narrative which introduces friends, kind teachers and all kinds of wonderful lessons. The perfect book for little monsters – and children – who are off to school for the first time. 

 

Thanks to Templar Books for my gifted copy of The Colour Monster Goes To School. Opinions my own.

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