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Monster and Boy: Monster's First Day of School

9781250217851

Henry Holt and Co.
Available: 03/02/21
5.35 x 7.6 · 144 pages
Ages 6-9 years
9781250217851
CDN $18.99 · cl

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Hannah Barnaby

illustrated by Anoosha Syed

Monster and Boy are back for another adventure! And this time the best friends are headed somewhere no monster has ventured before: school!

Ever since Monster (who sleeps under the bed) and Boy (who sleeps in the bed) met and became best friends, they've been spending their days playing together. But some days, Boy leaves and Monster is alone. Wanting to learn more about where his friend goes, Monster makes a plan to go with Boy to . . . school! There, Monster meets Boy's teacher and classmates, learns about cubbies and the sharing circle, and even helps solve a mystery when a pet hedgehog goes missing.

Told with a warm, cozy voice, Hannah Barnaby's story is brought to life with adorable two-color illustrations by Anoosha Syed. Filled with adventure and humor, Monster and Boy: Monster's First Day of School is a perfect chapter book for sharing with kids just aging out of picture books and for newly independent readers.

Hannah Barnaby has worked as a children's book editor, a bookseller, and a teacher of writing for children and young adults. She holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Her first novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris nominee. Hannah lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her family. Anoosha Syedis a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator based in Toronto. She has a passion for creating cute characters with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and has illustrated many best-loved books for children. She is the illustrator of Bug Girl and Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor, as well as I Am Perfectly Designed, written by Karamo Brown, and the Monster and Boy chapter book series, written by Hannah Barnaby.

When Anoosha isn't drawing for work, she's drawing for fun (she doesn't really have any other hobbies).