Maha Huneidi’s When Monsters Get Lonely is a wonderfully crafted picture book for children. The illustrator, Karen McDonald, has done a superb job to create a scary portrayal of monsters for kids and to show them that they can indeed be scary creatures.
Since most kids are scared of monsters, they will be able to relate to how scared Hanaa, the main character, is when she goes to bed. In fact, she is so scared that she has to leave the light on in her bedroom.
One day though, she finds an opportunity to face her worse fears, and the ending of the story is quite surprising and emancipatory for Hanaa.
Most kids are afraid of something. Maha Huneidi’s book will open this important discussion for parents with young kids. They’ll be able to not only commiserate with Hanaa, but they will also more importantly be able to grow along with her and perhaps even stop being scared of things that they cannot control.
One of the themes that Maha Huneidi is trying to share with kids is that they don’t have to be paralyzed or controlled by their fears. They can take control over their thoughts and lives with a bit of practise and some trust.
What a great message for kids. Kids of all ages will thoroughly enjoy the story.
And it’s interesting to read on Blogcritics more about the author and the ideas behind her work.