“Book of the Month” November 2020

“17 Sweet, Devoted, Generous Monsters”

Jesler van Houdt

17 Sweet, Devoted, Generous Monsters – All-inclusive picture book for kids

In Jesler van Houdt’s charming book “17 Sweet, Devoted, Generous Monsters”, small children learn how they can make a difference in the world.

This book tells the story of 17 monsters who all, in their own unique way, want to make the world a better place. The book is aimed at young children and can be read to them by their parents. The first monster that is introduced is Nopo, who likes to share everything with everyone because the monster wants everyone else to be happy, too. Ghwal, on the other hand, cannot walk past anyone who cries without offering help. There’s also Professor Ed, who helps everyone to understand everything, and Gen, who believes that girls also deserve to make their dreams come true. Sanit, who understands the value of washing your hands, Ene, who teaches kids about saving energy, and many more also make appearances. Each monster has a valuable lesson to share and does so in a charming way.

Based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the book “17 Sweet, Devoted, Generous Monsters” by Jesler van Houdt teaches small children how they can make a difference in the world in a fun, engaging and colorful way. All monsters are designed to teach kids about small acts of kindness and greatness that they too can implement in their daily lives. The book is written in an all-inclusive, gender-neutral language and children all around the world can relate to the examples. It wants to give all (young) readers a feeling of importance and motivate them to have a positive impact on their surroundings because the future generation is crucial in solving key global issues.

 

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