Art Contest and Blog Tour for Even Monsters by AJ Smith


Even Monsters by AJ Smith

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2014)

Genre: Picture book

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Everybody knows monsters can be…well, MONSTERS. But did you know sometimes even monsters get scared? They can be sad, they can be kind, they can miss their mommies. Sometimes, they’re just plain silly. And even monsters need to brush their teeth!

A funny and family-friendly picture book by innovative author/illustrator A. J. Smith, who combines traditional storytelling with exciting interactive digital components.

About the Author/Illustrator:

Illustrator/author AJ Smith specializes in silly stories and funny drawings. He’s illustrated eleven books for children. Previously, AJ worked as an animator/designer in NYC on fun shows like Courage the Cowardly Dog and Sheep in the Big City. AJ lives in Newburyport, MA. Visit him at

My Thoughts:

This is a really cute book. It shows kids that even monsters go to school, brush their teeth, and play soccer. Kids can identify with the monsters and their activities, because it’s the same stuff that most kids do every day. Monsters play video games, play in tree houses, and ride the school bus. Kids also find out that monsters are even afraid of the dark, and sometimes need a reassuring kiss goodnight.

The book is 32 pages long with a short sentence for each spread, so it’s quick to read. Because it’s so quick, toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the story right alongside their older siblings, even if they don’t do some of the activities described (like go to school).

The illustrations are just as much fun as the cover suggests. Kids will love the monsters and all their hairy, snarly, gooeyness.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Art Contest:


Children ages 2-9 can send in their best monsters drawings for the chance to have their art animated into their own music video! The best 100 drawings will appear in a special Even Monsters art gallery, and the top 20 drawings will be animated into their own music video

Visit the website for more info:

My kids are going to enter the art contest. My 6 year old is always drawing, so this will be fun for her. Are your kids going to enter?

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    Tressa S
    April 7, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This looks and sounds so cute! What a great contest idea too! I'll have to think about having my kids enter.

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      April 8, 2014 at 12:20 am

      I love the idea of having an art contest, too. My kids are excited to enter. I hope your kids have fun entering too.

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    Born Bookish
    April 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    This looks adorable!

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