One Bright Monster Book Review

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Posted on Mar 24 2013 - 5:00am by Jill
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I am so excited to share the big news with all of you that author of Matthew’s Monster, Stephanie Sisler (you can read my review of Matthew’s Monsters HERE), has once again knocked the ball out of the park with her brand new interactive storybook called One Bright Monster.

Stephanie Sisler’s new book One Bright Monster takes us through the story of Sparky the Monster. Sparky is a young monster who is nervous to go to the school for the first time. All the other young monsters have learned about their monster talents that makes them special, but sadly, Sparky hasn’t yet. This touching tale is one that any child and parent could relate to, whether they are humans or monsters.

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As many of you may recall from my previous review of Stephanie Sisler’s storybook Matthew’s Monsters, one of the unique aspects of the her storybooks are that they have a hands on approach to learning the details of the story as you read and learn them. I sometimes have to remember that reading is not just about learning to read the words, but also about your child being able to walk away from the storybook with a comprehension of what your child just read. To further enhance you’re your child’s attention to detail while reading One Bright Monster digs deep into reading, recognizing color sight words, remembering key details, working on vowels and consonant s, recognizing odd and even numbers, and of course, the magical coloring fun throughout the storybook. I love how many core skills were practiced in just this one book!

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My 6 year old daughter Elizabeth is Stephanie’s BIGGEST fan. In my opinion One Bright Monster achieved its goal of pulling in my daughter’s interest, expanding her reading vocabulary and comprehension, and has created wonderful memories between my daughter and I that guarantees she will remember throughout the years. I think that the best way to share with you how this book impressed my daughter Elizabeth and about what it has to offer is to share some quotes directly from her:

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“I liked the monsters. They were cool! Do you think they are real?” “I liked writing the names of the monsters! My favorite monster is Violet who washes the dishes.” “I liked reading it with my Mom.” “I liked coloring the castle.” “Needles the monster was cute and just like me!”

You might be asking yourself why and am I such a firm believer and fan of Stephanie Sissler’s storybooks? As some of you may know my daughter has struggled for the past few years with reading. While her reading skills have progressed at a normal pace she was not a confident reader due to a natural lisp that people around her made her feel uncomfortable about. Matthew’s Monsters was the first storybook that Elizabeth related to and engaged with and that was a magical result in my eyes! While I have read storybooks to both of my children since they were both 3 months old, Elizabeth loved hearing storybooks, but would only read to me for school credit, when she had too. Since reading Matthew’s Monsters and now One Bright Monster, Elizabeth is starting to read other storybooks to her dolly, our dogs, and to Beck.  She seems to have taken the stories to heart and has decided for herself that she can read and is doing it more and more. Stephanie’s out of the box approach is so engaging that no matter what reading level or style your child is currently at they will love her storybooks.  I thought that only Elizabeth would love these books, but it appears my 8 year old son Beck loves to do her books as well. Here is a picture of Elizabeth wearing her Matthew’s Monsters shirt that she decorated:


As a mother of a 6 year old, writer, and creative thinker who strives to make learning fun I fully support and whole heartedly recommend purchasing your very own copy of One Bright Monster. Make sure to hop on over and purchase One Bright Monster today at the Creative Reading for Kids Store. I have been given a special code to share with all of you that will give you 10% off your purchase. Just enter:


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Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Stephanie Sisler’s One Bright Monster.  I hope if you select to use this storybook on your homeschooling journey it will be as helpful and fun for you as it was for Elizabeth and I.

Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of One Bright Monster and a discount code for you, my readers, in order to give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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