The Monster Next Door
By David Soman
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016
A boy builds a tree house in a great field and a monster builds a tree house nearby. They play well together until the monster’s tuba playing is louder than the boys flute playing. When the boy asks him to stop, the monster continues to play. They call each other names, have a water balloon fight and become enemies. The boy writes a note, “Not Friends” and goes to the monster’s house to deliver it, when he notices things. You’ll have to read the story to find out what he learns and how the two become friends again.
Watercolor, charcoal and colored pencils offer spacious drawings, allowing plenty of space in which to dream. The music is expressed with splashes of color that fill the page and excite the eyes.