The Most Terrible of All
Written by Muon Thi Van • Margaret McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster, 2018
There’s a new baby in the neighborhood, and she’s a real beast. Game on, Smugg thinks, determined to prove he is still the most terrible.
I never liked characters that were too cute, especially monsters. Monsters are supposed to be disturbing, after all. Of course in a picture book, the monsters can’t be truly frightening, so I try to create beasts that are hideous, yet also goofy. Ferocious, but not very clever. Making them colorful helps, too. Who can be truly afraid of a pink swamp creature?
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