There is a Monster at the Door!

by Axel Scheffler
Nosy Crow, $12.99, 32 pages

Halloween is right around the corner. Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster by Axel Scheffler is the perfect book to help toddlers get ready for the holiday celebration. Masks and costumes can be very scary for little ones. Let Pip and Posy teach your youngsters that they can be fun too. The story takes place on a rainy day.

While waiting for her cupcakes to bake, Posy, the rabbit, hears a tap at the window and sees a giant blue hand. Then she hears a growl and sees big eyes. Now she is really scared! When she realizes that it is just her friend Pip, the mouse, in a monster costume, Posy stops crying. Pip gives the costume to Posy so she can have a turn being the monster. A happy ending finds the friends outside sharing cupcakes in the sunshine. Kids ages 2-5 will love the cover of the book. It is puffy and fun to hold. Scheffler’s colorful illustrations are filled with details. Young readers will hunt for animals on every page. Posy’s stuffed frog helps her be brave when she is so scared. Children will relate to the character’s feelings of boredom, fright, relief and happiness. They will also learn about bravery and sharing.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin