Diary of a Monster's Son

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Although Bradley's dad is not the most normal looking father in town and has a rather frightening pair of teeth, he is a very good father, and Bradley does not really mind the things that others see because he loves him for who he is.

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Grade 2-4-Bradley Fentriss describes life with his father, who is far from ordinary. In fact, he is a large, hairy monster with fangs and claws. Though his appearance is alarming, in all other ways he is a gent who is punctiliously polite to everyone and a loving father to his son. Bradley's diary entries are arranged into five chapters that detail buying school clothes, Parent-Teacher night, trick-or-treating, home repairs, and a winter picnic. While the events are rather tame, a monster dad gives them an unusual, often humorous twist. Conford taps into the popularity of horror fiction but with a light touch. While at times her message that behavior matters more than looks gets somewhat muddled, it is clear that Mr. Fentriss is liked by everyone who knows him. However, the diary format doesn't fit the narrative: all of the entries are told in the present tense and rely heavily on dialogue. Neither Bradley nor his father comes across as a fully drawn character, but the relationship between them is warm and funny. Newsom's eye-catching jacket and full-page pen-and-ink illustrations will attract and hold young readers. While this is not Conford at her best, children will be drawn by the premise of the story and find the father-son relationship appealing.
Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Book Description Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A., 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Illustrated by Newsom, Tom (illustrator). First Edition. When I wake up in the morning, I hear my dad whistling in the bathroom. The door is open, so I go in. He is standing in front of the mirror, combing his hair. "Good morning Bradley, " he says. "Isn't this a beautiful day?" I wish I had hair like my dad's. It's long and dark and thick. My hair is short and light and stubby. It is only on my head. I watch as he brushes his teeth. My dad has outstanding teeth. They ar big and pointy and white. The two on the sides come way down over his bottom lip. He is very proud of them. He polishes them three times a day. "Take care of you fangs, " he always says, "and your fangs will take care of you. " Another typical day in the Fentriss household. If you want to know more about the funny adventures of this untypical family, begin again from page one 76 pages, great illustrations! 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001623

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