We all know about the history of boys slaying dragons, rescuing villages (and damsels), and totally hogging all of the glory and accolades – well move over fellas, here comes Ava the Monster Slayer on a quest to save her beloved plush piggy from the monster in the dryer in the basement.
When we do story time, I do as many voices as I can think of to bring each character to life for our daughters. We read this one as a bedtime story 2 nights ago and the story was so much fun that she was rolling around on the bed in laughter. With each new roar, or exclamation from the book, the laughter refreshed itself and by the end of the read we were all full of giggle and cheering on Ava as she fought her way to the basement to rescue PIGGY!
Spoiler alert – There aren’t any terrifying things along the way and this is all about that powerful voice inside that pushes us to face our fears whether they are real or perceived in order to find our love – or our piggy. Ava is brave, sincere, and imaginative. She is a strong character that kids can really connect to during the story and cheer for as she closes in on her goal.
Written by Lisa Maggiore and illustrated by Ross Felten, there is a real kid quality to the character of Ava and no wonder since Lisa based Ava off of her own daughter. I think our kids pick up on that level of authenticity and they know what Ava means when she talks about rescuing Piggy. I loved the outfit Ava selected to go in search of Piggy – superhero cape and sword, pink rainboots, and a sparkly princess crown. This is one of those moments when you look at your own child and remember her tendency to sparkle up with a crown when doing important work!
The book is recommended for ages 3-6, but you can easily stretch the upper end of the ages during this season of monsters. Ava the Monster Slayer is available as a hardcover from Sky Pony Press, and as an ebook. It’s on sale now and if you don’t have it on your October read-together list, hurry up! Ava and Piggy are waiting!