Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
Title: Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster
Author & Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka
Published by: Holiday House
Copyright 2014 by Mike Wohnoutka
About the Author & Illustrator
“Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” by Mike Wohnoutka is a simple story about a dog who is looking for someone to play with. It encounters different possible playmates but they are either busy, lazy, mean, boring, or preoccupied.
Then it set its eyes on a big green monster reading a book on a bench. At first the monster refuses to play and appeared to be mean. But the dog persists. Eventually, the big green monster plays with the dog and they both have fun together. Finally, the big green monster wanted to go home but the dog thought it wanted to race. They both get to the house and rest.
The book can teach a child about different kids and people he will encounter in a school or playground. Some will be busy while others will be lazy. Some will be mean, and others will be boring. Some kids may also look and appear grumpy at first, but they may actually be waiting for someone to have fun with.
The Big Green Monster might even be a personification of a busy, grumpy dad who’s unwilling to play and the dog may represent a kid who just wants to have some playtime. But this may be reading too much into it.
At the end of the story, the dog went to the house of the monster. For older kids, it is important to remind them not to go to the house of strangers alone even if they may appear kindly and friendly. Just a safety precaution for kids.
The drawings and colors are cute, colorful, and fun, especially the dog and the green monster! The varying sizes of the illustrations on the page also make the book more interesting and varies its pace.
There is not a lot of dialog in this book. Rather, it is more of a “look-at-it-while-reading-book” because the text and the illustrations work together to explain what is going on in the story.
But the roars and the growls and the fun time between the monster and the dog are fun, especially if you do different voices while reading the book.