Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light Book Review

Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: April 7, 2015

There is a monster on the loose at the county fair and one little girl is in search of it. Throughout the book readers will spy the friendly monster along with twenty shapes, identified by their proper names like trapezoids, ellipses, kites, heptagon, nonoagon.

Author of Have You Seen My Dragon?, Steve Light moves from counting to shapes in a way that is absolutely extraordinary. Seriously, when was the last time you read a kid's shape book that mentioned quatrefoil, trapezium, and curvilineaer triangles? Just like in Have You Seen My Dragon?, Light uses color to differentiate between the different shapes, with the monster always hiding in the background. None of the shapes ever felt forced and if the colors and text were removed that pointed out that this was a "shapes" book, it would still be a rather fantastic picture book. Shapes are just a super added bonus. A great introduction to shapes that go beyond circles, squares, and triangles, I can think of so many applications for this book. Who knows, this may be the beginning of a child's love affair with Geometry.