Macmillian / Raincoast Books
Written by Daniel J. Mohoney, illustrated by Jef Kaminsky
Synopsis from Raincoast Books:
Patrick is worried about his first day of monstergarten. Everyone knows you have to be SCARY in monstergarten. Patrick’s friend, Kevin, offers to show Patrick how to be scary – they roar, they sneak up on people, they bare their teeth. But Patrick still isn’t ready. His parents tell him to just be himself. But what if he’s not scary ENOUGH?
Starting school, be it preschool, kindergarten or a new after school program, can be a little intimidating for some kids. Patrick in Monstergarten, like many kids starting school for the first time, is worried he won’t fit in, be accepted, or know what he’s doing. Monstergaten understands, illustrating how Patrick, with the help of his much calmer friend, tries to prepare himself but the best advice comes from his mom. Monstergarten also reminds us that just because everyone around you seems to be calm and together doesn’t mean they’re not dealing with fears too. A great read for kids dealing with first day jitters.