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Published on Jan 15, 2017
Groggle’s Monster Valentine
by Diana Murray Illustrated by Bats Langley
Sky Pony Press hardcover, also available as an ebook On Sale: January 17, 2017 | ISBN: 978-1-5107-0508-1 Price: $9.99 | 32 pages | Ages 3–6
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Groggle’s Monster Valentine is a sweet story of friendship that will get kids excited to make and give valentines to their friends and classmates!
Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world.
Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But there’s just one problem—gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! He has a monster appetite!
Groggle tries again, this time writing poem after poem to make sure he has some extras just in case. He picks skunk flowers, carefully ties on snake bows, and sprinkles shiny beetle glitter. He decorates each card with care. But . . . gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! Groggle’s monster impulses foil his efforts and he’s run out of time.
Will Groggle ever be able to give his toothsome, stomping, monstrous friend Snarlina a Valentine? Find out in this monster of a tale!
In this charming story of love and friendship, the monsters are sweet, relatable, and nonthreatening enough so that they won’t scare squeamish young readers. The dark, rich colors and detailed illustrations separate this unique picture book from the rest and will draw kids in from the very first page. There’s always something new to discover within the complex drawings, and children and parents will both love repeat readings.
The perfect picture book for all the little monsters in your life!
Original music and sound effects provided by Sean Badum.