Most of my favorite picture books for Halloween all involve monsters, such as Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly and Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems to name a few. My new favorite, however, is a book called When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor with hilariously cute illustrations by Nick Sharratt. The book is cleverly written using different scenarios that involve things you expect a monster to do (i.e. hiding under the bed, eating people, shouting) and other scenarios that show a monster making friends, going to school, and falling in love. This is a great book for children who fear the "monster" under their bed by showing that monsters aren't so scary after all. I highly recommend this book for children ages 3 and up during the spooky month of October. Parents and children alike will enjoy the illustrations and the clever text.