Bernadette looks and acts just like a monsters should... except for a few things here and there.
She tries to win her classmates over with her specialty - cupcakes with sprinkles - but her monsterly mates don't share her enthusiasm for sweet treats.
Nevertheless, Bernadette is nothing if not creative. She finds a way to express herself and share it with her friends in a way they will understand. When Bernadette whips up a batch of monsterly greeting cards for her pals, cards that include bits of monster toenails and other icky stuff, her pals go crazy and jump right in to make their own cards.
When a Monster is Born, written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Nick Sharratt is a great circular story. Imagine Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie but with man eating, scary monsters. Published in 2006, When a Monster is Born won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, the British equivalent of the Caldecott. The book begins, "When a monster is born there are two possibilities- Either it’s a faraway-in-the-forest monster or . . . it’s an under-your-bed monster. If its a faraway-in-the-forest monster that’s that. But if its an under-your-bed monster..." It goes on from there with some surprising results...
The book is actually in brilliant colors, but the best images I could find were the coloring pages from Sean Taylor's website. This book is very fun to read, especially for little kids who like things a bit on the scary side.
You can probably guess the main plot points just by reading the title to the book, but it is entertaining nonetheless. Adults will laugh at the many ways Pilkey incorporates the many different names for "hot dog" into this story. Kids love the suspense and the gags. Pilkey's colorful cartoon like illustrations are as playful and cheery as his story.