M Is for Monster


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$24.99  $23.24
Harry N. Abrams
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6.7 X 8.7 X 0.9 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Talia Dutton is a queer, biracial Asian cartoonist and illustrator. A firm believer in the intersection of art and play, Dutton creates introspective comics about monsters and humanity, trying to find the humor and warmth of the mundane in the fantastical. She received a BA from Brown University in 2018 and an MFA in comics from California College of the Arts in 2020. She lives in Los Angeles, where she waits patiently for the love of her sister's hamster, Boba McBumster.


"M is for Monster is sweet and emotional, builds a complete world of magic and science very elegantly, and has so much to say about identity and grief. I really resonated with the story of trying to be someone you're not in order to be loved, and the idea of a created monster finding herself is such a beautiful way to explore it. Also, the art is just gorgeous. SO well done!"--Molly Knox Ostertag, author of The Witch Boy and The Girl from the Sea
"Dutton's storytelling and art excel, making this a story with popular appeal that's also bound to inspire deeper discussions about accepting the limitations of one's personal control."--School Library Journal, STARRED Review
"Electrifying, swiftly moving, and full of life."--Kirkus Reviews
"Thick inky lines, dynamic paneling, and monochromatic hues enlivened with teal splashes fluidly develop an eerie, mid-20th-century setting... M's endearing missteps skillfully balance weighty circumstances with humor, conveying a moving story about prioritizing one's well-being, personal expression, and self-discovery."--Publishers Weekly