A Monster Like Me
Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what abo ...more
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The world is a dragon; my book a shield.Sophie believes a witch cursed her when she was a baby and she now spends much of her time with her head down, reading and rereading The Big Book of Monsters. She uses it to help identify and protect herself against the monsters surrounding her that are cleverly disguised as humans and searching for clues to figure out what kind of monster she is so she can find a cure. She’s also hiding her face from the world because she’s ashamed of her ‘monster mark ...more
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Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Due to the “monster mark” on her face Sophie’s also convinced she's definitely a monster. Doesn't matter the doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie's certain her mom will figure it out too. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did. Because if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster o ...more
What I do know is that I was tense the entire book! Sophie, our main character, not only hides away because of her b ...more
Sophie is an imaginative, little girl who has found away to cope with her big birthmark. She has created a world with monsters everywhere she goes. It’s much easier to accept your “monster qualities” when you imagine that monsters ar ...more
Because of all the bullying she gets for her birthmark she lives kind of a secluded life, not enjoying activities like other kids her age do, and she has just moved with her mother to a new place and school. There, she ...more
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of A Monster like Me in exchange for an honest review.
Sophie might be young, but she's definitely smarter than most people. Why? Well, she can spot a monster from miles away - even if it's disguised as a human. And her big book of monsters helps her spot them even more easily. But how does she do it?
Sophie has a secret. She is a monster in disguise herself. At least, that's what her face hemangioma makes her feel. Which is why she spends her time avo ...more
But alas I'm sorry to say that in the end this book didn't work for me, and that I gave it up at the half.
I liked the beginning, Sophie's voice was sweet, I liked her weirdness, how she saw the world around her. But the story was much to diluted and became boring... It would have made a much better short story or even better a lovely illustrat ...more
This was a fun and sometimes hard hitting middlegrade story. It explores the mental health of a young girl who, due to a hemangioma on her face and an overactive imagination, believes herself to be a monster. This is her way of coping with a world that does not seem suited to her. The novel tells the story of her search for a cure that will make her human.
One thing that I tend not to like about these kinds of sto ...more
The issues that this book brings up may be difficult for some to deal with. It leads you into them very delicately. You think you are reading a fun little book about a girl who believes in monsters - and then it gets very very real.
I would suggest trigger warnings for anyone who has been bullied, and if you can get past that, there are some very touching, very wise lessons here.
I will be posting a full review on my blog for the blog tour.
"You'd think would have their own grocery store, but they don't."
Sophie was born with a birthmark on her face and she hates it. People notice it, some make fun of her, some seem scared of her. Sophie feels like she is a monster, inside and out. But Sophie has found a way to deal with what she feels is a ugly: she finds the monsters around her. This way, she can keep everyone out of her life and make herself feel like she isn't the only monster in the world.
But then she makes a frie ...more
Sophie is a young girl with hemangioma on her face. That's what her mom and her doctor call it. Yet, she knows the truth. She thinks that the mark on her face is her monster mark. Sophie thinks that this world is full of monsters and they like to disguise themselves. Everyday, she carries her "the Big Book of Monsters" book ever ...more
A Monster Like Me
by Wendy S. Swore
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Pub Date 05 Mar 2019
I am reviewing a copy of A Monster Like Me through Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley:
Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters as well as a vivid imagination Sophie is an expert on monsters. She can clearly identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood, bullies are trolls and goblins. She thinks of her nice neighbor as a good witch and her new best friend is a fairy. Sophie see ...more
Sophie believes her birthmark, and resulting monster-hood, were caused by a curse; a curse she intends to break! With the wisdom in the pages of her beloved monster book and the help of her new friend Autumn (whose spunky, optimistic personality quickly made her one of my favorite characters!), Sophie hopes to gather enough magical obj ...more
Sophie has a blood tumor on her face that makes her feel monstrous and unlovable. Equating herself with monsters helps her make sense of her appearance, but it also limits her ability to cope with some of life's challenges. When she and her mom begin a new life in a new place, Sophie carries her struggles with her. Will new friendships help Sophie and her mom come to terms with their situation?
This is a story about gaining perspecti ...more
At Sophie's new school, she finds a friend. What an amazing friend s ...more
Autumn is a really good friend who has a lot going on in her own life and together they help each other navigate through.
I thought it was well-written, portraying Sophie's fear and insecurities without it being overwhelming for the reader (though there were a few moments where I ha ...more
Like in many single-parent families also deals with children learning to " share " their parent. Their need to feel like the protector of them.
Many funny relatable situations ...more
Sophie was an engaging child protagonist. Due to circumstances, and her active imagination, she believes in monsters--and more importantly that she is one. With her new friend she sets out a quest of self discovery and magic. She wants a cure to change what she doesn't like about herself, and to retain her mother's affection. After all, her mother won't love her if she is a monster.
Sophie strongly desires to be loved, and is devoted to her mother. During the story ...more
I'm conflicted about this one. On the one hand, it's great to see a character with a large birthmark on her face, but on the other, it's a bit disturbing that she copes with this by thinking that she is a monster, as are the other people around her. This moved rather slowly, so I think I will pass on purchasing for my library, but it could be an interesting book to use in a classroom, perhaps along with Wonder. The fantasy/pretend element might do better with elementary stude ...more
I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for a free eARC.
“A word to the wise, if you are reading this, you have a soul of infinite worth. Do not trade it away for anything.” ...more
Rep'd by Stacey Glick, Member SCBWI, Her debut novel, A Monster Like Me, co ...more