In Lili Chartrand’s Taming Horrible Harry, the monster of the title frightens off a girl reading near his tree. In her hasty departure, she leaves her book behind. Harry is so intrigued by its illustrations that he forgets about scaring humans. He discovers the magic of stories when Dolores del Dragon, the only creature in the forest who knows how to read, explains what books are and teaches him to read. Thanks to Rogé’s artwork, children are likely to find Harry lovable in an offbeat way rather than scary. This book was first published in French as Le gros monstre qui aimait trop lire.mRb
Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.