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#365PictureBooks no. 43 Love monster & the last chocolate

A delicious new story about Love Monster, the only monster in Cutesville, from phenomenal, award-winning picture book talent Rachel Bright!

When Love Monster finds a mystery box of chocolates at his door, he can’t believe his luck. But he’s soon thrown into a whirlwind of turmoil. Should he keep the chocolates for himself? Or risk the perils of sharing his good fortune with his friends?

This super-funny-rumbly-tummy-sherbert-explosion of a story shows that when faced with the selection box of life, following your heart will bring you the best treats of all”. Publisher.

This cute story was my read aloud today for a Year 1 Class as a tie in to the weekend Valentine’s Day celebration. It’s sweet without being saccharine and has a welcome message about sharing with your friends. I love how the monster expresses feelings so familiar to children “…what if there aren’t enough chocolates for everyone, what if they take MY favourite?” As we talked about these and other things, little heads were nodding in agreement.

The book almost looks like a chocolate with a metallic foil print on the cover. As I was reading it I was envisioning those strawberry flavoured, heart shaped chocolates one used to get in a box of Cadbury Roses. Yum!

Bibliographic details:

Love monster and the last chocolate (Love monster, #3)

Written and illustrated by Rachel Bright.

Published by HarperCollins, 2014.

32 pages.


I picked up this copy from a Scholastic Book Fair – I must seek out the other two titles – I didn’t realise this was part of a series.

#365PictureBooks Day 34 -Hooray for hat!

Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. An irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats“. Publisher.

When Elephant woke up, he was very grumpy…and so starts this lovely tale about gratefully and graciously receiving acts of kindness and paying the kindness forward. The author/illustrator is obviously an accomplished designer as the balance between the clever graphics and lots of white space on each page is perfect. The colours of the exuberant hats and the corresponding “Hooray for Hat!” are in gorgeous colour in contrast to the more slightly more realistic and natural tones of the animals. The book is not sombre in tone – even the animals are crisply evident against the white.

The book is a delight and has a freshness that is sure to charm anyone who has the pleasure of reading it.

Author website with activity kit

 Bibliographic details:

Hooray for hat! / Words and pictures by Brian Won.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.