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 Monsters in the fog
 Author: Bahrampour, Ali

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 078956 ISBN: 9781419752452
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Donkeys -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Fear -- Fiction
 Fog -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Hakim the donkey is traveling up the mountain to visit his friend Daisy when an old goat appears and warns him about monsters in the fog; Hakim trots on and along the way he encounters 'monsters' who prove to be other travelers going about their business, all of them frightened of half-seen shapes in the mist.

   School Library Journal (+) (06/24/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/22)
 The Hornbook (00/07/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/24/2022 PreS-Gr 1—Hakim the donkey sets out on a journey up a mountain to deliver a hoof-knit sweater he has made for his friend Daisy. As Hakim begins his ascent and realizes that it is especially foggy, he encounters a goat who issues a dire warning about monsters on the mountain. Hakim remains undeterred, continuing his slow way up. As he climbs, he meets other animals whom he mistakes for monsters at first, but who turn out to be other scared travelers. Banding together with a dog, a pig, and even a tricycle-riding bear, Hakim gets to the summit, only to be confused for a monster by his friend Daisy, who also may not be what readers expect. Reminiscent of William Steig's style, Bahrampour's pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations are funny and expressive, wonderfully capturing the suspense of the journey, alarm at every encounter, and relief with a surprise twist at the end. The cartoonish humor of the drawings provides a perfect counterpart to the calm, concise language of the tale's spare sentences, much as Hakim's steady resolve provides counterpoint to the jitters of his companions. VERDICT With a subtle moral—everything is a monster in the fog—that is rendered playfully but is still thought-provoking, this is a delightful and recommended addition to most collections.—Yelena Voysey - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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