This book is beautiful and heartwarming! It's a beautiful illustration of overcoming fear. The story Pattie Manente has written about Brady's journey in his own backyard is impactful for children and equally impactful for any adult's own inner child.
The illustrations capture the vibrant landscape of Brady's backyard while also perfectly depicting the nuance of his emotional journey through fear, into finding courage, and finally. into confident carefree play. -Lolly -5 Stars https://goodreads.com
Pattie Manente's, "Brady and the Backyard Monster," illustrated by Olena Kharkovenko, is magnificent! It explores a youth's fear that we can all earn from. It has an insightful story with beautiful artwork on each page about a lovely, nervous puppy named Brady who develops a big fear of a monster! He then must find and face this monster in order to get peace and freedom back in the backyard he loves so much. There are twists and turns along the way involving appearances from the monster and friendly neighborhood animals. Furthermore, there is mystery, and suspense, as well as charm, problem solving, happiness, and learning. This story allows much to be explored for a curious mind and much to learn from, including ways to cope with fear. For these reasons and more, I highly recommend this story for children and adults alike.
- Motor Mouse, 5 Stars https://goodreads.com
I have taught Kindergarten for 22 years and I have read many books over my career. Brady and the Backyard Monster will now be used every year in my class. My students loved it and wanted to hear it again! That's a wonderful sign! All of us fell in love with the drawings and related to adorable pup, Brady, and his fear of the unknown! This book can be used to teach and discuss courage, friendships, normal fears and overcoming them.
I will also use it during my Shadows Unit around Groundhogs Day!
A must have and must read!
- J. Hoeschen, 5 Stars, https://bibliokidpublishing.com