Mar 17, 2010

Is There a Monster Over There? by Sally O. Lee (Kid's Book Review)

Ms. Lee's latest book, "Is there a monster over there?" tells the story of Mabel (and her cat, Tiffany) who are afraid of monsters. Mabel thinks they are hiding under her bed or in her closet. One day, she decides to face the monster, and she learns an important lesson about overcoming fears. 


Sally O. Lee earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History (with Distinction) from Colby College and then went on to study graphic design and painting in Boston (Art Institute of Boston) and in New York City (New York Studio School). She has had several shows of her work and received an art grant from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conceive and create a series of paintings, and from this came her 2002 exhibition - A Journey Into Abstraction. Some of Ms. Lee's paintings are in various private collections in the US.

In recent years, Ms. Lee has begun to write and illustrate children's books. Some of them deal with the struggles of living with some form of handicap ... or, as the author prefers to call it, imperfection. Many of her illustrations have been published and she has earned both academic and public recognition for her important work in children's books. She has had illustrations published in Worldlink Magazine, IEEE Magazine, and several other publications.

Sally lives and works in Massachusetts.

Sally Lee writes "My children's books are an extension of my work as a painter. Writing is a new addition for me, and I am enjoying it very much. And creating the illustrations is a perfect way to continue my painting in a new direction and a nice way to complement my writing. I hope to write and illustrate many more".

For more information about her books, visit her web site at


What a delightful book! I can't wait to share this with my grandchildren when they come for a visit. Many children may experience a fear of things that aren't really there, and a monster under the bed is a very good example.  Mabel thought she had something to fear about monsters, but then she decides to be brave and face her fear head on. She asks the question, "What if the monster is just as scared of me as I am of him?" The pictures are brilliant, and this book will definitely capture a young child's attention. And I love how the monster and Mabel end up sitting together for a tea party. Turning a child's fear into something fun is a great idea, and I think children will easily relate to this book.

My Rating - 5 out of 5

Thank you to Sally O. Lee and Bostick Communications for sending a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of my honest review.

# Paperback: 36 pages
# Publisher: CreateSpace (February 13, 2010)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1450531024
# ISBN-13: 978-1450531023

1 comment:

  1. I am going to purchase this book for my classroom. It sounds great and I love the lesson in it.