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Review: Monsters Beware!

As March begins, teachers and librarians may start thinking about celebrating Women’s History Month. And while a graphic novel about a feisty fictional heroine may not exactly fit the bill, it does celebrate strong women.

Monsters Beware!
By Rafael Rosado. Jorge Aguirre
First Second. 2018. ISBN 9781626721807
PBK, $14.99. 170pp.
Grades 3 and up

monsters bewareReaders of other Claudette books, Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware!, Will be ecstatic to see Claudette and her friends return for another adventure. This time our spunky yet flawed heroine is thrilled that the Warrior Games is returning to Mont Petit Pierre, after they were banned from the games for using magic to fight the monsters.

Claudette is certain she can win, but though she cons her way into competing, she insists that her brother Gaston and best friend Marie compete with her. The games change, and instead of death defying monsters, there is butter churning, mushroom picking, and table setting as competitions. But unbeknownst to the trio, there are true monsters in the game who are determined to free the frozen and evil wizard Grombach.

The adventures of Claudette, Gaston, and Marie are fraught with suspense and filled with humor. The books are so much fun! The artwork, which can easily be envisioned on a Saturday morning cartoon, is animated and vivid. The book’s happy ending promises more adventure.

Readers of Mega Princess, The Courageous Princess, and Princeless will also want to read about Claudette’s adventures. And though she might not be the ultimate heroine in this title, another strong female lead emerges with Marie’s ingenuity during the book’s climax.

Esther Keller About Esther Keller

Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. She also curates the Graphic Novel collection for the NYC DOE Citywide Digital Library. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ and School Library Connection (formerly LMC). In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.

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