Horn Book Guide Reviews

A little monster called Growl, whose favorite pastime--growling--initially gets her into trouble with the neighbors, later uses her habit to scare off a robber in her neighbors' yard. Learning when it's appropriate to be loud is a lesson that will resonate with kids. Simple cartoon-style illustrations incorporating bold black growls encourage a spirited reading aloud. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews

Poor Growl—she is forbidden from doing the one thing she loves most to do. After she's growled once too often, her neighbors put their feet down and a sign up: NO GROWLING IN EUCALYPTUS DRIVE. It does not matter that she lives in a grand castle; no longer does she bounce all around, joyously showing her pointy teeth, purple skin and stunning red tail-spikes. She tries to hop and skip and run, but all she can do is mope. Cartoonist Horacek gets all the details just right, from Growl's exuberant song to her utter misery when she is unable to be herself, artfully varying perspectives to reflect Growl's emotions. When the little monster, sleepless in her castle turret, sees a masked robber under the brilliant full moon, Growl knows there are times to ignore the rules and do what needs to be done. Young readers will identify with sweet Growl, just trying to do the right thing and be her own monster. A book to read over and over. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

"Growl" refers to both the title character—a diminutive purple monster—and the ear-shattering sound she loves to make. Growl's growling isn't an issue as long as she leads a solitary life within the confines of her impressive castle. But when her well-meaning growling spoils teatime for the neighbors, the spiny heroine suddenly finds herself on the receiving end of a NIMBY movement—until she proves her worth as a one-monster neighborhood watch. Horacek (illustrator of Where Is the Green Sheep? ) draws goofy cartoons with a genial, contemporary look, and Growl exudes a Pokmonesque charm: her saw-toothed smile is hard to resist. The text leaves little to the imagination ("Growl was the saddest she'd ever been.... She tried to run around her garden, but running is hard when you're trying not to cry"), but frequent cues to say "growl" as loudly as possible will invigorate readers. Ages 3–8. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2— Tomi Ungerer's Crictor the snake tied up the robber until police arrived. William Kotzwinkle's Walter the Farting Dog grossed out the robber. In this book, Growl, a small purple, toothy monster, scares the robber with her mighty sound and saves the day. Growl lives in a big castle at the end of an otherwise ordinary street. She growls all the time. It's just what she does. One day she lets out an extra loud growl, just as her neighbors are having afternoon tea. They are appropriately startled, tables and chairs are upset, and their tea is ruined. They call the police. Growl is forbidden to growl. She becomes listless and depressed. She cries all day. Late one night she sees a robber creeping across their yard. She lets out an ear-shattering roar that sends him fleeing. When the neighbors realize what she's done, they apologize and invite the little monster to tea. The cartoon illustrations done in gouache are outlined in black. The volume and intensity of each growl is shown by the size and the placement of the word. While the pages are colorful and the text is always easily visible, this title is not a necessary purchase.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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