Friday, October 11, 2013

Ten Birds Meet a Monster, by Cybèle Young

Ten Birds Meet a Monster
Series: Ten Birds
Author: Cybèle Young
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Source: Edelweiss
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Ten adorable and frightened black birds are about to be attacked by a scary monster in the next room! At least they think it's a monster. It's definitely casting a very scary shadow. One by one they use a pile of clothes to devise costumes to make themselves look like bigger, even scarier monsters. But the creature in the next room is unmoved. Finally, bird number ten wanders into the next room and discovers what the "monster" really is.

The line drawings remind me of antique book engravings, except with adorably big-eyed bird faces staring back at me. Every page made me want to go, "Awwwww...cuuuuute!"

Magda loved it too. Usually she has a love-hate relationship with books that might be scary or monster-filled. She doesn't like to be scared, except that she really does (just like her mom). But she was so charmed by the silliness of the birds' attempts to scare the "monster" that she wasn't scared at all.

Magda's favourite part: There's not really a monster! It's just a shadow!

My favourite part: The line drawings. I can't get enough of them.

Fans of Cybèle Young's previous book, Ten Birds, will be pleased to know that the bridge featured in that book (seen above) appears as a picture on the wall in Ten Birds Meet a Monster.


A Funny Little Bird
Song for Papa Crow
The Mole Sisters and the Blue Egg
Wild Rose's Weaving
Is a Worry Worrying You?
Shadows on My Wall

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