Brave Molly
Brave Molly
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Annotation: In a story without words, Molly must overcome her fear of the shadowy monsters that only she can see in order to return a lost book, and so make a new friend.
Catalog Number: #172289
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-452-16100-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-452-16100-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017023245
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this nearly wordless book's opening, Molly watches other kids happily walk by her window. She would join them if not for her anxiety, which manifests as a scary monster waiting for her outside. When she ventures out from the safety of her home, the haunting figure follows her, and try as she might to escape, it is always there. Soon, the one monster multiplies into a crowd of them, which, along with the world outside Molly's home, are rendered in scratchy pen and colored pencil. Watercolor blotches encroach on the paneled illustrations, evoking anxiety, but Molly stands out in her red jacket as she summons the strength to blow back the monsters. She overcomes her fears using the only word in the book, a hopeful "hi" that she offers to a boy. The ending, with its promise of friendship, will comfort and encourage young readers. In addition to its bibliotherapeutic value, this book is successful as a story of the personal heroism sometimes needed to reach out to the world.
Horn Book
A girl longs for the courage to talk to some peers on their way to school, but something keeps preventing her: fear, represented as a crosshatched monster that dogs her on nearly every page. This marvelously attuned story is told with the help of comics-style panels but no words until the girl manages to utter the most necessary one: "Hi."
Kirkus Reviews
A young child finds the courage to banish a familiar monster in this nearly wordless picture book.The front endpapers depict a pencil drawing of a monster seen from the perspective of the artist. The story commences with the eponymous Molly reading in a window. She watches wistfully as a group of children crosses the street, but what's that behind them? It looks like the monster in her drawing, which she crumples angrily before rushing outside to approach the kids—but she does not interact. The monster—a manifestation of Molly's shyness—lingers behind a tree, watching. The children leave a book behind. Molly puts it in her bag and sets off after them, the monster a few steps behind. Molly's shyness multiplies as the monster is joined by a multitude of others; they dog her trail as she runs through horizontal panels, climbing trees and crawling through a log in order to elude them. How can Molly outwit her shyness? Maybe it's as simple as saying, "Hi." The artwork itself feels bashful, with soft colors and plenty of white space. Readers struggling with their own shyness will find inspiration in this plucky heroine. The crosshatched monsters, with sharp angles, mean mouths, and tiny eyes, are appropriately scary. Molly has tan skin and curly brown hair. One of the other children appears black; the others are white.Brave indeed. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: WB
Fountas & Pinnell: WB

What do you do when no one can see your monsters but you? At first, Molly runs from them. But they follow her down the sidewalk, getting in the way when she tries to make a new friend, popping up unexpectedly out of shadows, and multiplying. Until finally...Molly faces her fears. Author-illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes delivers a modern classic in this moving adventure that honors everyday acts of bravery and the power of friendship to banish the monsters that haunt us.

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