The Monsters of Marymount Mansion: Book Giveaway
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Gregory G. Allen
Illustrated by Shelby Goodwin
Ages 7+ | 128 Pages
Publisher: ASD Publishing | ISBN-13: 9780996102940
Publisher’s Book Summary: Meet Toby: a young monster who has skin like a fish, fur like a dog, and smells like cotton candy when he gets excited. He lives with his family in the basement of Marymount Mansion and once a year ventures out into the real world when everyone is dressed for Halloween. Toby becomes frustrated with hiding below ground and sets off on an all-important quest.
Don’t let the title fool you, the monsters in this book are not the kind to keep anyone up at night with bad dreams. Cartoon style illustrations scattered throughout the book show decidedly non-scary creatures. Toby and his family and friends live in the basement of Marymount Mansion thanks to the kindness of Celeste, the home’s owner. They have a safe place to live and they can even come out and mingle with the costumed guests at Halloween. But Toby wonders about life outside the mansion and whether everyone else can accept them the way Celeste has done.
The book follows Toby’s adventures as he tries out trick-or-treating and decides, “There was so much more to experience, and staying hidden away didn’t feel like a way to live.” He explores a few other human holidays and encounters friendly townsfolk as well as at least one instance of meanness. As he considers what to do, he tells his little sister, “Sometimes we find that things aren’t what we expect when we get to them.” But together with all the monsters of Marymount Mansion and their loving hostess, Toby learns that the members of the family you choose for yourself doesn’t have to be exactly alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gregory G. Allen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker, and actor. His children’s books include Chicken Boy: The Adventures of a Superhero with Autism, Chicken Boy Deals with Doctors & Dentists, and Irving the Theater Nut! He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild. The idea for his monster book goes back to the first musical he ever wrote, which was produced for the stage when he was 15, with the message that it’s okay to be different.
For more information, visit gregsimagination.com.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Shelby Goodwin is an illustrator, letterer, graphic designer, and all-around creative living in Hoboken, NJ. She is extremely passionate about children’s media and the power of art to romanticize the everyday. When she is not making things, she can be found with her spouse and three cats exploring new places, eating pastries, or cuddling up in her favorite reading chair.
For more information, visit heartonmysleevedesign.com.