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About the Author
Laura Shovan is the author, with Saadia Faruqi, of A Place at the Table, a Sydney Taylor Notable book. Her debut middle-grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry, among other recognition. Her second children's novel, Takedown, published recently and her novels sit on over half a dozen state reading lists. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.
"Welcome to Monsterville is a delight. The poems are fun and the illustrations wondrous. This is the perfect volume to have and to read not only as an adult to all the children in your family. Once you start turning the pages, you can't help but crack a smile from ear to ear. The poet and the illustrator hit a nerve on every page. FANTASTIC." - Virgil Suarez, author of 90 Miles: Selected and The Painted Bunting's Last Molt
"A delightfully surprising collection of poetry and art that is sure to inspire its readers to pick up a pen and explore their own creativity." -Jarrett Lerner, author-illustrator of the EngiNerds series
"With perfect personification (monster houses that dance), colorful characters (Bubblegum Head), lively language (Dockaboodlecoo!), and a whole range of emotions from gratitude to shyness to anger to sadness, children will easily see themselves in the world of Monsterville. And they'll want to visit Monsterville again and again-to find joy, escape, and monsters who understand them. In this collection of welcoming poems, master poet Laura Shovan gives us a verbal hug with words of acceptance and appreciation that we all can use right now: 'You're a weary, silly, laughing, / weeping, wonderful creature.'" - Janet Wong, author of You Have to Write