Children’s Picture Book, Monster Maddie

To make the kids at her new school take notice, Maddie becomes a monster, with fangs and claws and wild, wild hair. They turn their backs. When she realizes her mistake, a kitten shows her the way to making friends successfully. Suggested age range for readers: 4-10 years
Published by: Guardian Angel Publishing
Date Published: 02/14/2010
ISBN: 978-1-61633-027-9; 1616330279
Available in: Ebook Paperback

Now available from Guardian Angel Publishing, children’s picture book, Monster Maddie. Purchase online as a pdf, in print or as an e-book CD. Also available through Amazon. Writer: Susan Stephenson, Illustrator: K.C.Snider.

About Monster Maddie…

Monster Maddie - by Susan Stephenson

Maddie is a little girl at a new school, who wants to make friends. She does bratty, monsterish things in a desperate effort to be noticed. When Maddie makes a little girl cry, she finally realizes she IS a monster, and feels sad and ashamed. Befriending a kitten shows her the way back to forming healthy relationships with the other kids.

Read a review from parent and author, Kim Chatel:

“When no one will talk to her on her first day of school, little Maddie acts out. She becomes Miss Maddie Monster, with fangs and claws and a really loud holler! She’s sure the other kids will notice her now. Of course, her transformation doesn’t go as planned and the other children still won’t be her friends. Luckily, an orange kitten serves as an ice-breaker, and Maddie finds her place in the games.

Susan Stephenson’s rhythmic (but not rhyming) text is a delight. From page 5: “Arriving at school, Miss Maddie Monster played tricks on the other kids. She put ants in their pants, dirt in their shirts and ooze in their shoes.” Children will love the play of words and Maddie’s outlandish behavior.

Illustrated with beautiful watercolors, this picture book would be great as an early reader or a gentle lesson for preschoolers awaiting that first day of kindergarten.

Included at the back of the book are six pages of activities for teachers and parents to help kids explore Monster Maddie. The activities range from alliteration games to writing, crafts and drama games. As a parent, I appreciate books that give more for their dollar, and I wasn’t disappointed with this one.”

Why not check out the Monster Maddie Book Video Preview below? It’s a great way to find out more about the book.

Just press the play button on the screen to watch a short video that will give you the flavour of the story and the illustrations. Many thanks to the multi-talented Kim McDougall of Castelane for her movie-making expertise!