About a year or so ago, Jonathan (my husband), introduced Bookworm1 to the Spore game wherein you get to create creatures of various interesting designs with quirks and funny behaviors. (We call it "The Creature Game.") Bookworm1 was an instant fan and so instead of using the term "monster" - we say creature. Creature is a much more approachable word and doesn't instill fear. On the contrary, it gives off more of a funny connotation of design and imagination.
I make a point of reading through the library stack first (most of the time) and I caught Tickle Monster, first. I opened it up, curious as to what I would find inside. Instantly I knew it was one we had to read.
Bookworm1 had wandered off into the other room and so I carried this book to where he was and called out with the opening line in a loud and I'm-going-to-play-with-you foreboding ;) sort of voice!:
"I COME FROM PLANET TICKLE, YOU SEE, I'M A MONSTER, BUT NOT THE KIND YOU MUST FLEE. I"M THE HAPPIEST, SILLIEST, ZANIEST KIND. MY TALENT IS TICKLING, I THINK YOU'LL SOON FIND!"Then I laid this book down and used it as my "tickle guide." Bookworm1 erupted into laughter which continued on for the length of this book. It was a blast! I think we may just have to add this one to our home library.
As for the word "monster"? Well, Bookworm1 asked me what a monster was and I told him it was another name or a word for 'creature' and that answer completely satisfied. No fuss, no muss, no fear. Just a laughing and ticklish good time.
The illustrations in this book are done by Kevan J. Atteberry and he keeps things light and happy. The
Whew! That's enough. I'm exhausted from laughing. I've had so much fun, what a great time we're having. But now I must leave - find my coat, grab my hat - Planet Tickle is calling; it's time for my nap.
This book isn't meant to simply be read. It's designed for fun interaction and we're having a marvelous time with it.
I don't know what your position are on monsters. I've explained mine. But still, we are really enjoying Tickle Monster a great deal.
As an interesting side note, apparently there are Tickle Monster Mitts available to go along with the book. I think plain fingers do the job quite well but it's an interesting idea, to be sure! Check these out:
I have to say that if I knew of a friend who didn't mind monsters, I'd be tempted to gift them with this book when their kids hit toddler stage when playing tickling games is all the rage. As for us, we'll keep reminding Bookworm1 that monster is another word for creature and we'll keep having fun!