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Ava the Monster Slayer: A Warrior Who Wears Glasses
Contributor(s): Maggiore, Lisa, Felten, Ross (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1634501519     ISBN-13: 9781634501514
Publisher: Sky Pony Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2015
Annotation: "When her beloved Piggy is left in the dryer in the basement, Ava knows she'll have to face the ferocious monsters lurking in the dark if she wants to rescue her favorite stuffed animal. Don't underestimate Ava just because she's 'cute' and wears 'adorable glasses'--she's really a fierce monster slayer"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bedtime; Fiction.
Fear of the dark; Fiction.
Monsters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2015011205
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.84 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Lisa Maggiore earned her master’s in social service administration from the University of Chicago. She then leaped from her twenty-year career as a social worker to write her first picture book, Ava the Monster Slayer. Lisa loves to travel, watch “da Bears” (do not bother her on Sundays during the NFL season), and be silly with her family. She lives with her husband and four children in Chicago, Illinois.

Ross Felten paints, draws, sketches, illustrates, illuminates, deviates, puts things together, and tears things apart. Aside from art, he is passionate about soccer, music, and making his girls laugh. Ross lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 October)

K-Gr 2—As Ava approaches her bedtime, she realizes that her precious stuffed animal Piggy is missing, left in the dryer in the dark and scary basement. With her parents preoccupied and older brother unwilling to help, Ava puts on her cape and tiara and braves the dreaded downstairs to fight her fears and rescue her friend. By itself, the story is nothing new, but pairing it with Felten's sketch-heavy illustrations makes it something completely different. Black scribblelike inking with minimal solid colors gives a gritty, graphic novel feel to the familiar picture book territory. Rushing backgrounds and swooping action shots of Ava's wooden sword show her literally conquering her fears. Stories such as these usually end on an optimistic note, showing that there was nothing to fear all along; here viewers see that there is plenty to fear in Ava's mind, but she now has the strength to triumph over it. VERDICT Perhaps a tad dark for the preschool crowd, Maggiore and Felten's treatment of this familiar story theme not only overcomes a fear of the dark but also kicks it in the head. Nicely done.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

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