Pretty Ugly Book Review

Friday, March 1, 2024

A hilariously quirky monster tale about appreciating beauty—in all its weird and wonderful forms!— by the creator of the iconic Olivia books and bestselling humorist David Sedaris.

Sedaris and Falconer make a spectacular splash with this tale of a monster turned ugly—stuck with a human face!

In this beautifully gross picture book, Anna Van Ogre’s lovely monster face turns into that of a sickeningly adorable, rosy-cheeked little girl—and it’s not switching back! Can she find a way to stop looking like an ugly human and regain her gorgeous monstrosity of a face?

In this incredible story about beauty standards, owning your uniquessness, and developing self-esteem, nationally acclaimed comedian and perpetual bestelling author David Sedaris and renowned creator of the Olivia picture book series Ian Falconer come together to ponder the eternally relevant question: is true beauty really on the inside?


David Sedaris is the author of Happy-Go-Lucky, Calypso, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, as well as collections of personal essays such as Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are more than 12 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages.

Ian Falconer was an author and illustrator of children’s books, a designer of sets and costumes for the theater and creator of 30 covers for the New Yorker as well as other publications. The fine artist and designer was best known for his witty and bestselling picture books about the precocious piglet Olivia, a children’s book series with over 10 million sales worldwide.

Pretty Ugly shares the story of a monster that gets stuck with a human face and thinks of herself as pretty ugly. This story reverses what is normally thought of as beautiful and shares that beauty is based on what we think. I really loved the message of this book. It encourages kids to build their own self-esteem and realize that it's important what you think and not what others think. The family in this book are also very loving and supportive of the girl. The illustrations are unique and creative. I love Ian Falconer's creative design and style. Overall, I think it's a cute book for kids to read. To learn more, click here.

Please note that I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links that help support this blog.

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