“Could she really love them for all that they were, with imperfect smiles, yellow nails, matted fur?”
Monsters for Sale teaches children that we all deserve to be loved and helps them to discover that who we are inside is always enough.
Ask your child to look for 11 hidden lady bugs inside!
A Note from the Illustrator
“My inspiration for Monsters came from growing up watching Sesame Street and seeing those “Monsters” were real people with real feelings. I wanted to convey that through the images of the Monsters in this book as they experienced not being accepted by other children, and then finally being loved by one girl. My inspiration for this character came directly from my niece, Izzy. She is a beautiful, funny little girl with her own sense of style (hence the multicolored outfit). Izzy is also biracial, which I thought was important for all children to be able to identify with. We are all different, but each and every one of us deserves to be loved.”
Monsters For Sale Q & A with Meg O’Keefe
What inspired you to write Monsters for Sale?
I knew I wanted my second book to carry the same message of love, acceptance, and individuality, as Little in the Middle does. My eldest daughter was being silly one night while we were getting her ready for bed and I made the comment, “You are being a silly little monster!” She immediately replied, “Monsters for sale!”, inspiring the title for my next book on the spot. We began discussing what the book might be about and Monsters for Sale came to life!
What will children gain from reading Monsters for Sale?
This book is about individuality and the importance of realizing true beauty comes from within. In a day and age where outward appearances seem to matter more and more, I want to encourage and remind every child that they are all uniquely special and they all deserve to be loved for who they are inside.