Marilyn's Monster
Illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, March 10, 2015
ISBN-10: 0-7636-6011-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-6011-6

* A Junior Library Guild Selection

Some of the kids in Marilynís class have monsters. Marilyn doesnít have hers yet, but she canít just go out and look for one. Your monster has to find you. Thatís just the way it works. Marilyn tries to be patient and the kind of girl no monster can resist, but her monster doesnít come. Could she go out and search for him herself? Even if thatís not the way it works? From favorite picture book creators Michelle Knudsen and Matt Phelan comes a story about one little girl and the perfect monster she knows is out there . . . and what happens when she decides sheís waited long enough.

Here's what the reviewers are saying so far:

"Rich with feeling, itís a warm, gently funny reminder to chase down oneís dreams, rather than waiting for them to appear on the doorstep." óPublishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A surprising spin on monsters with nicely effective artworkóand heart." óKirkus

"Knudsenís charming story is a great fit for Phelanís gentle watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. With just a few lines and brushstrokes, he depicts the wide range of Marilynís emotions, from wary hopefulness to sullen grumpiness to, finally, utter joy. The whimsical, friendly monsters are equally expressive, and their supernatural antics in the background will tickle funny bones. Little ones feeling lonely or worried about making friends will be empowered by Marilynís determined, take-charge attitude." óBooklist

"Knudsenís brilliantly simple narrative and Phelanís whimsical pencil and watercolor drawings speak to the universal need for belonging and the anxiety born of impatience ... Every one of Phelanís monsters is wonderfully weird, and readers will have fun noting similarities between them and their human friends." óSchool Library Journal

"A charmer ... Ms. Knudsen has packed a surprising amount of relatable emotion into this story of humility and derring-do." óWall Street Journal

"Michelle Knudsenís sophisticated story has hidden pockets of depth and Matt Phelanís illustrations are wistfully soft, but the sketchy lines capture Marilynís determination too." óBoston Globe

"[A]n intriguing and offbeat story ... subtly engaging kids at their emotional core ... Marilyn is a physically expressive figure in her longing, frustration, and, finally, joyfulness ... This would make a thoughtful complement to Santatís The Adventures of Beekle or an imaginative prompt for a creative writing or art project; it could also inspire some interesting group discussion." óBulletin of the Center for Children's Books