Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
From The Wall Street Journal:
'You might have noticed that everyone loves kittens, and puppies and bunnies. You know, cute, fluffy things," remarks the chatty narrator of "Love Monster" (FSG, 32 pages, $16.99), a winning picture book by Rachel Bright. The world's affection for cuteness makes it tough for the funny-looking, "slightly hairy" title character who yearns for love and acceptance. Ms. Bright uses a style of printmaking that yields coarse black lines, which she has filled in with color to evoke the Love Monster's feelings of both despondency and hope as he searches the (frustratingly cute) world for a kindred spirit. With the Monster, as with many a lonely soul, love arrives when he least expects it in this ultimately happy excursion for 2- to 5-year-olds.