Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 2
- Grade: p to 12
- Reading age: 0 to 2
From the prolific and beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel comes this funny and cute board book for the littlest readers.
In this sweet little book, a monster tries to scare a young child. But the child insists the monster is not scary but actually quite huggable.
About the authors
ELISE GRAVEL a écrit et illustré une vingtaine d'albums jeunesse. La jeune auteure use d'un humour mordant pour exprimer ses vues et éveiller le sens critique de ses jeunes lecteurs. Elise a remporté le prix du Gouverneur général en 2012 dans la catégorie illustrations pour son livre La clé à molette.
ELISE GRAVEL has won a Governor General's Award for illustration, two Applied Arts Awards and a Grafika award. She also was short-listed for Mr. Christie's Book Award. She has written and illustrated several books for children in both French and English. Elise lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Kirstie Hudson is an editor and writer in Victoria, British Columbia. She was a reporter and producer with the CBC in Toronto, Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Victoria. In her award-winning career as a journalist, Kirstie's work was recognized with a Jack Webster Award, Radio Television Digital News Association Awards and a Gabriel Award. As an instructor at the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, Kirstie shared her love of storytelling with students in writing, communications and journalism. She co-authored Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of The Witness Blanket with Carey Newman. In 2020, the book was a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Nonfiction.
“Gravel captures humor and heart in a simple dialogue between the goofy aquamarine monster and apathetic child. The contrasting pairing provides a classic setup, and a heartwarming resolution brings satisfaction to the hilarious exchange.”
“Beguiling...This book feels like a comedy skit lovingly performed for an intimate audience.”
“Profoundly effective in its economy of storytelling in the way the best kids books are...Gravel understands what can make childhood stories like Where the Wild Things Are and The Runaway Bunny eternal...I Am Scary is immensely charming.”
Readers by Night blog
“This charming, unique and witty board book is perfect for little hands and for adults to tuck away in a diaper bag for an extra giggle on the go.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Other titles by Elise Gravel
Other titles by Kirstie Hudson
The Witness Blanket
Truth, Art and Reconciliation
Grandmother School Read-Along
The Sun is a Peach Read-Along
On Our Nature Walk Read-Along
Our First Talk About Our Impact on the Environment
Little Cloud Read-Along
Picking Up the Pieces
Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket