Perfect Picture Book Friday – Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has helped our family and I think it may help others.

Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays! – The Children’s Self-Esteem Book

By Adolph Moser, EdD.

Illustrated by David Melton

Published by Landmark House Ltd. in 1991

55 pages – ages 5+

Theme/Topic – Self Esteem / non-fiction

Opening and Synopsis – “Many children, and adults too, are picky, picky, picky about the way they look. They don’t like other things about themselves either. “Sometimes I spill things. I’m just too clumsy.” “Sometimes I do things I shouldn’t. Maybe I’m a bad person.” If you ever think such things, you are not alone.”

Did you know that there is a little green monster in your head? He whispers negative things about us to make us think bad things about ourselves. If you listen to your monster, he gets BIGGER and LOUDER, taking bigger bites out of your self-esteem. To make the monster shrink and get quieter, you have to think positively about yourself. If you do so for just one day (like Tuesday), the monster will get smaller. If you do it Tuesday, try another day and another until you don’t hear the monster anymore!

Why I liked this book – I think this book teaches a really important message on how to think about yourself. I like how it tells you to think of yourself as your “best friend” and treat yourself like a friend. I think it is also important that the book tells kids that everyone has negative thoughts about themselves. It is good to remember that when you are feeling bad about yourself. It is neat that the book explains how self-esteem works in a simple and fun way. It is kind of a long picture book but there really aren’t a lot of words per page and the illustrations are helpful too (and they are big and bright and nice to look at). My parents got this for my sister and me to help us learn about self-esteem and I think it teaches that message really well. We still say “Don’t feed the monster” around our house. The reading level is probably 8+ but my parents got it when we were a lot younger and read it to us and we really liked it!

Activities and Resources – At I found an activity that we have actually done in our house. It is to make an “All about me poster”. Click HERE to go to it. You get your child to make a collage picture of all the really great things about themselves and hang it up. Then in a little while look over your poster again and see how much you have changed and what you can add to the poster!  There’s a list of activities that can build self-esteem in kids at It suggests things like joining a sports team or other group where you work as a team and doing work for a charity.

Mr. Moser has written other books to help children. In fact, he had one for every day of the week!  The books talk about stress, self-control, grief, lying, divorce, and violence . You can learn more about the books HERE. You can find “Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays” on Amazon.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Categories: Age 6-9

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54 replies

  1. That sounds lovely Erik. I’m definitely going to hunt that one out for my 6 yr old.

  2. Congratulations on the contest! Your story was wonderful! I need to read this book. It has a really important message.

  3. Another great review, Erik! Thanks. I’ll retweet it later today when more people are up.

  4. Sounds like a great pick, Erik. Lots of kids, EVERY kid, needs to hear such a message.

  5. Your story was awesome. Congrads. I saw where you were a winner over at Susanna’s.

    This book will be added to my picture book library. We all need the message it sends. Great review! Great choice!


  6. Erik, firstly, congratulations on your second place with your story!

    This whole series looks good. I think this message of not feeding the monster would speak to adults as well as kids.

  7. I’ll join in the congratulations on second place — I loved your story!

    This looks like a great series. I wish it had been available when I was a kid. I think it would still be good for me to read! Thanks, Erik!

  8. What a cool book. It sounds like a wonderful book to slip into our reading rotation and have some fun while learning a valuable lesson. And, ditto what Beth said. Congrats on your second place Valentine’s story.

  9. Wow Erik! I’d never heard of this book but it sounds like a must for EVERY child’s library. I might have to go and get the whole series!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful book, and CONGRATS on your well-deserved win in the Valentine contest.

    • Outstanding choice Erik! A monster is a wonderful visual image for teaching kids about the mind chatter in their heads that feed them negative thoughts and takes bites out of their self-esteem. I like the idea of thinking of yourself as your best friend and trying one day to think only positive thoughts about yourself — then expanding it to two days. Think is a great that your parents have involved the entire family in not feeding the monster. These books are new to me — so thanks for sharing. You might also want to look at a PB “Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?” I reviewed it last summer and I like the concept. Excellent activities for this book.

      • Thank you Ms. Tilton! I think I’ve read “Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?” before (I’m thinking… in 2nd grade?) but I am going to check it out again. I really like the idea of the whole entire story! I’m glad you found a new series! 🙂

  10. What a great book! I like the sound of the whole series. It’s can be way too easy to think negative thoughts about yourself, whether you’re a kid or an adult. I like that this book teaches you how to cope with those feeling in a positive and constructive way. It’s really kind of a self-help book, and we don’t have any of those on our list yet, so thank you so much for adding this one – it’s a really valuable addition!!

    • It’s AWESOME! I’m glad you like me putting it on the list! I agree that it’s easy to think bad about yourself. It teaches you in a fun, bright, and creative way and I am glad of that because it’d be easier for littler kids can understand it better.

  11. Thanks Erik – Just put this one on hold at the library!

  12. This is an excellent selection Erik. Low self esteem leads to so many bad things, including bullying others. This seems like a great series and I love the idea that he takes it one day at a time. A concept we all need to use. Thanks for sharing!

  13. These look like wonderful book to help children deal with complex issues. Great idea!

  14. I love the idea of this book. Those monsters don’t always go away when you get older, so it would be great to have this around for a reminder!

    Congrats on your contest story! I loved your poor little porcupine!

  15. What a wonderful series. Thanks for sharing them. Plus fun activities including the site.

  16. interesting. thanks for introducing the series. will have to check it out.

  17. This is an excellent book to recommend and it could probably help as many adults as it does kids! Great activities to go with it, too.

    And a huge congratulations for your second place finish in the Valentine’s contest!!

  18. I like this book and have read it very often to someone you may know…

  19. What a great selection for PPBF! I love books that help build self-esteem…and getting rid of our own negative thoughts about ourselves (which both children AND adults have) is a really super cool way to do it.:)

    Also, mucho congratulations for your Unlikely Valentine story…kudos for the second place win!!!! I loved your story!

  20. This sounds like a great book! I like what you said about the reasons why you like the book. Thanks Erik. Also, congrats on your story! 😀

  21. Wow, haven’t heard of these books, but am going to check this one out. I have a 9yo boy and I think this would help him out a lot. Thanks, Erik!

  22. This book sounds amazing. My kids aren’t yet this age, but I will definitely keep it in mind when they get there. Thanks for sharing such a great resource.

    Also, congrats on the Valentine’s Day contest. I loved your story — it was such an original idea!

  23. This sounds like an awesome book! I think grown ups could also learn a thing or two from a book like this 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  24. This sounds like a GREAT book, Eric!! Thanks for reviewing it.
    And I didn’t know that there was a chapter series for Bad Kitty!?! Thank you for letting me know. I’m off to the on-line library to look for Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays and the chapter books.
    Take care!

    Grade ONEderful

    • I really like “Don’t feed the monster on Tuesdays” a lot! The Bad Kitty chapter books are as good as the picture books. My favorite is “Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray”. I am going to post my review of the newest Bad Kitty chapter book, “Bad Kitty for President” pretty soon 😉

  25. Thanks for introducing ‘Don’t feed the monster on Tuesdays” to us. Like the comments before mine I agree it sounds good for adults as well as for kids. I wish I had read a book like this long ago before I got into trouble with my self esteem. Sounds like your parents were wise to get this for you. 🙂

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