Monsters Love School

Monsters lead way in reassuring first-day-of-school romp.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Shows kids what happens in a typical day at school, from art class, recess, and lunchtime to spelling, history, story time, and music. Also offers a list of needed school supplies. 

Positive messages

School is fun, and you'll learn a lot, make new friends, and have nice teachers. Approach new adventures with a good attitude and you'll have a good time. 

Positive role models

Everyone in Monsters Love School is a good role model. The kids are nice, eager, polite, cheery, and well behaved. The crossing guard, teachers, principal, and school librarian are welcoming, patient, and kind. There are lots of smiles on every page. 

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mike Austin's Monsters Love School is the sequel to Monsters Love Colors, featuring cute, enthusiastic, upbeat, not scary monsters' first day at Monster School -- which looks a lot like kindergarten. Moving from pre-school jitters -- "What if I get hungry?" "What if no one likes me?" -- through an engaging day of classes and recess, this lively picture book is fun and reassuring.

What's the story?

Summer's over, and a colorful group of eight little monsters gets ready for Monster School, checking off the school supplies on their list. Then the first day comes. "What's school for, anyway?" asks the monster named Blue. "School is for learning your ABCs and 123s and XYZs," says Principal Blinkin (a monster with one eye). "School is for painting and folding and pasting!" says Miss Scribble, the art teacher. "School is for making friends," says one of the little monsters at recess. "School is for reading and writing and spelling," says Miss Spel. And so it goes through lunch, history class, book club (with Mr. Reed, the librarian), and music class. A good day is had by all, and Blue shouts on the last page, "I LOVE MONSTER SCHOOL!"

Is it any good?


The bright colors and cheery monsters (some one-eyed, others two-eyed, some scaly, others furry) in MONSTERS LOVE SCHOOL will appeal to kids even if they haven't read author-illustrator Mike Austin's previous Monsters Love Colors. This book sweeps the reader up in the excitement of school and all the activities there and touches on kids' fear and apprehension before they start school, as little monster Blue asks, "What if I get hungry?" "What if no one likes me?" 

The monsters approach school like a "big adventure," and the happy outcome is very reassuring. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about starting school. Are you worried about anything? What kinds of fun things will you do there? 

  • Why are stories about monsters fun? What others have you read? 

  • Draw some monsters of your own. Will they be friendly monsters or scary monsters? 

Book details

Author:Mike Austin
Illustrator:Mike Austin
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Arts and dance, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Numbers and letters
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:July 17, 2014
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:6 - 7
Available on:Hardback

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