If your child liked the movie Monsters, Inc., she will love this book. The monsters are far more funny than they are scary. Stroe does a marvellous job on the illustrations. They are simple, cartoonish characters, yet distinct and expressive.
Even though the storyline is straightforward, Jack is a good monster who scares away the bad ones, I would not recommend this story for very small children. A major premise is that monsters are real and they hide in children’s rooms. For those children who are old enough to understand this is just an imaginative romp, the book will be a lot of fun.
This is a book with a message. Even though Jack is accused of something he didn’t do, and as a result gets a bad reputation, he overcomes the stigma and is true to himself. “Sometimes you have to do the right thing, even if no one knows you’re doing it.” In an age where children are taught to expect praise and ribbons and accolades for everything they do, this is a refreshing viewpoint. Being kind and not expecting anything in return is a precious value. Doing a good act because you care about others can be an empowering experience. Children have a strong sense of fairness and believe that the world should reward the good and punish the bad. Unfortunately life isn’t like that. There will be times in your child’s life where she must soldier on in spite of the unfairness of the situation. Jack the Boogey is My Real Name will stimulate an interesting discussion with your child.
I received a free advance copy of this book for review. It will be released in June 2014.