My Monsterpiece

Written and illustrated by Amalia Hoffman

“Have the art table and smocks ready.” – Kirkus Review

A celebration of imagination, creativity, acceptance, and art that will delight children of all ages.

What to Expect:

  • Exploring Creative Possibilities: Illustrations created with basic materials that children use in making art encourage children to go ahead and make their own monster creations.
  • A Perfect Mix of Humor and Critical Thinking: With just as much heart as it has wit, this book will make kids laugh and think all at once.
  • Social and Diversity Learning: Provides teachers, educators, and librarians with a fun read that will provide opportunities to discuss diversity, inclusion, and stereotyping in the classroom.
  • Storytime Read-Aloud: With sounds like RAHHHH and GRRRR, it’s perfect for Halloween and monster theme tables.

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A celebration of imagination, creativity, acceptance, and art that will delight children of all ages.

A kid-artist wants to frighten family members and friends by creating the scariest, meanest, most terrible monsters ever. A green tongue, pointy horns, sharp teeth, and terrible claws are sure to make everyone scream!

But what happens when rather than running away in fright, they smile, laugh, and absolutely LOVE the monsters?

Join the frustrated artist on this hilariously hair-raising journey where the scary and not scary meet and mingle, embarking on an adventure that reveals that overcoming fear and prejudice can lead to a wonderful friendship.

With hand-drawn cutout illustrations, incorporating materials that kids actually use while making art, and a perfect mix of shivers and giggles, this bold, energetic picture book celebrates the power of a child’s imagination and appeals to a child’s love of the scary and the fun. This unique monster story touches on stereotyping and the fear of what is different in a way that young readers will relate to. It demonstrates that it’s possible to overcome bias, and helps children understand that acceptance and diversity make our lives far more colorful and enjoyable.


Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 8.2 X 10.9
Price: $16.99
Age Range: 4-8 years
Publication Date: 03/02/2021

ISBN: 978-1-953458-01-8

Author Bio

Amalia Hoffman is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including ALL COLORS, one of 2019 School Library Journal Best Board Books and DREIDEL DAY, a PJ Library Book. She is the author of THE BRAVE CYCLIST: THE TRUE STORY OF A HOLOCAUST HERO, illustrated by Chiara Fedele, a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection Book. 

Amalia frequently tells her stories in schools, libraries and bookstores with puppets and props. She lives in Larchmont, New York, where she loves to sit on a rock by the sound and talk to imaginary monsters.

Visit Amalia online at


“Have the art table and smocks ready.” – Kirkus Review

“This book will inspire a generation of artists to let loose and have fun with their creations.” –  Jenna R, Reviewer

“If I had one word to describe this book it would be attention-grabbing. The vivid colours and sometimes 3D artwork by the illustrator make this book very appealing. The story was pleasing too. I’m sure kids would pick this book from a pile.” – Tina M, Reviewer

“My kid and I LOVED this book! There was just the right mix of art, humor, and messaging on acceptance. We had a great time talking about the silly features of the different monsters, and he even came up with a few ideas for his own monster! I love a book that sparks creativity.” – Tessa P, Reviewer