Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Paperback Book

Leonardo the Terrible Monster Paperback

Illustrated by Mo Willems

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


An exceptional tale of an unexceptional monster - laugh-out-loud picture-book fun from the creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and the Knuffle Bunny series.Meet Mo Willems' latest character, Leonardo the Terrible Monster.

Terrible at being a monster, that is. He doesn't have thousands of teeth, he's small, he's cute and, despite his best efforts, he can't seem to frighten anyone.

Then, one day, he meets a nervous boy called Sam and finds out that being a good friend is a whole lot more rewarding than trying to scare the tuna salad out of people!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781406312157



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Very cute book, Mo Willems seems to be invincible. I mean, almost all of his books are just great! This is a cute book about an insecure monster that tries his best to find himself and discovers his self identitiy.

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Leonardo was a terrible monster, not because he was terrifying, but because he wasn't, and although he searched high and low for someone to frighten, his efforts were often met with laughter, rather than fear. Then one day, after doing much investigation (market researching comes to the picture-book!), he discovers the perfect target: Sam. But when Leonardo's attack produces the effect he'd been hoping for - a tearful victim - he has a change of heart...Chosen as one of our October selections, over in the <i>Picture-Book Club</i> to which I belong, where our theme this month is 'witches and monsters,' Mo Willems' <u>Leonardo, the Terrible Monster</u> definitely falls into the kinder, gentler monster-tale variety. The oversized pages, in various muted colors, boast plenty of blank space, with out-sized text and illustrations all the more prominent, as a result. This is a cute tale, with cute illustrations. I think the tall format lends itself to storytelling, particularly with younger, pre-school children. Recommended to little monsters everywhere, and to fans of Mo Willems' distinctive style.