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Little Monsters

Little Monsters

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Retirement had been the last thing on Adam’s mind but here he was turning seventy and no longer employed. This monstrously exciting new picture book from bestselling author David Walliams, brilliantly illustrated by Adam Stower is a bright, fun, laugh-out-loud book with a cool message about celebrating individuality. He exhaled audibly and resumed his list of banal recommendations: limit stress, exercise daily, eat a balanced diet. Overall, Little Monsters is a heartfelt, intricate, nuanced tale by Brodeur that reminds us that families are complicated and messy, the choices we make often have far-reaching consequences, and skeletons often find their way to the surface no matter how well they’re buried.

Point to some sentences or passages in the beginning of the novel that hint at the siblings’ complex dynamic.That is a side tangent because I think this book was sensitive to it — in that the bipolar character wasn’t the only super unlikable one — BUT I think the addition of that aspect on top of the rest of it was just another factor that turned me off. His two adult children, whom Adam raised alone after the death of his beloved first wife, are each planning an elaborate gift for him. It’s particularly frustrating how often women who don’t want a traditional family are so often saddled with one.

I also love the author’s 2019 memoir Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, in which she bravely lays bare her childhood role as an involuntary accomplice to her mother’s illicit affair. I loved the descriptions of Jenny’s exquisite flower garden and the part when Adam was on his boat and his beloved whales surfaced on cue.Among them were family, friendship, sibling rivalry, mental health, consequences for impulsive behaviors and actions, expectations and ambitions. The reader doesn’t get the details because the reader doesn’t need them… and the characters themselves don’t know all of them. Photograph: Tony Luong View image in fullscreen Adrienne Brodeur ‘creates an evocative sense of place’ in her novel Little Monsters. That others found his ingenuity threatening was not his problem; perhaps they should be the ones consuming mood-regulating drugs. Steph has just had a child, Abby is pregnant, and Emily’s premature death—as well as the short-lived stepmothers that succeeded her—shape the remaining Gardners in both subliminal and obvious way.

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