smarter than a monster by brandon hull

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Smarter Than a Monster Review

This book is adorable! Smarter Than a Monster: A Survival Guide, written by Brandon Mull and illustrated by Mike Walton is one of the most fun picture books I have seen in a while. The story is fun, and the illustrations of these not-so-scary monsters are bright and colorful.

The premise of this book is to help us understand what we need to know and do to avoid being attacked by monsters. When you are a small person this is very important. While I don’t currently have any monster-bait sized children living at my house, I test read it to some borrowed small people. And they loved it.

And, I learned some potentially important information about where monsters do and don’t actually hide. I also learned what kind of children monsters like to eat. Among other things, monsters are apparently partial to children with bad breath. Who knew?

This will be a great gift for early readers and for monster fans in your life. I’ll be keeping this handy for reading to future monster-bait sized visitors.

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Smarter Than a Monster Summary

Little kids have big fears, which they often imagine to be scary creatures, like monsters. In the new picture book, Smarter Than a MonsterNew York Times best-selling author Brandon Mull uses humor and a fantastical imagination to uncover the truth about monsters while guiding young readers to good habits that can last a lifetime.

Paired with whimsical monster illustrations, Mull s text explains how knowing Monster Facts can help kids outwit them. Want to avoid monsters? Fact: Monsters love dirt and grime, so when faced with two kids, the monster will choose the dirty one every time. And if toys and clothes are all over the floor, you may get ambushed by a mess-loving monster. Survival Tip: Take baths and keep your room clean.

Outsmarting a monster is easy when kids learn secret monster strategies, like why it’s better to sleep in their own bed when they feel afraid. Fact: Monsters are clever predators who hide under parents’ beds where nobody ever thinks to check. Moreover, monsters leave kids alone when they are in their own beds.

There is, of course, a time when being with monsters can be perfectly safe: Halloween. Dressing up like a monster is a good form of camouflage. Monsters think Halloween is a big parade in their honor, so mix it up with the monsters and enjoy the day!

From playtime to bedtime, Brandon Mull will arm young readers with practical advice in this innovative and imaginative parenting tool that teaches common sense and positive and healthy habits.

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Smarter Than a Monster: A Survival Guide, written by Brandon Mull and illustrated by Mike Walton is available in hardcover from, and from

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