Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! by Sharon Chappell

Posted January 30, 2020 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Picture Books, Reviews / 14 Comments

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 is tomorrow (1/31/2020) and it’s in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

I received a book from MCBD to feature here on the blog. I was happy to help spread the word about multicultural kids’ books! Check out my thoughts below and also make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out about the Twitter Party where you can join the discussion and enter to win prizes!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! by Sharon ChappellThe Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! by Sharon Chappell
Illustrator: Jackie Gorman
Genres: Picture Book
Pages: 44
Source: The Author

What happens when someone you love is diagnosed with cancer? In this inspiring story written by a breast cancer survivor, The Little Green Monster helps Marie and her family survive and thrive through her mother's treatment. The book includes cancer and feelings vocabulary, as well as family cancer resources and activities. The book explores the questions like: what can you expect while the loved one goes through treatment? While science does its work, what can love and everyday magic do to help?

$5 donated to Susan G. Komen Orange County with the purchase of this book.


This sweet book would be wonderful for kids who are going through the scary experience of having a parent going through cancer treatment (or who are going through treatment themselves). The idea of a magical friend who is there for you through everything could be very comforting for many children. The cast of characters depicted is wonderfully diverse, with characters who appear to be Asian, Hispanic, black, white and multiracial. The book is told from the perspective of a mother telling her daughter a story (a fact that I missed at first, and it caused me a bit of confusion). And I could see a mother with cancer reading it to her child.

I would definitely check out the back of the book, which features cancer vocabulary, a feelings chart, and activities. The activity of having the child create their own version of a Little Green Monster that they can imagine seems especially helpful for kids who might want to know what this magical creature has to do with them. And you also get an introduction to the inspiration behind The Little Green Monster—the author’s senegal parrot!

***Disclosure: I received this book from the author via Multicultural Children’s Book Day in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

About the Author: Sharon Chappel l is a credentialed, bilingual arts educator, a breast cancer survivor, and parent. Sharon has experienced multiple medical crises with her father, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma during her youth, heart transplant while a young adult, and terminal Glioblastoma brain cancer last year.

Sharon is the author of The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic!, a story for families impacted by cancer. She has donated over 1,000 copies of the book since November 2018. Sharon is also a teacher educator at California State University Fullerton, where she specializes in social emotional learning and the arts for social justice. Check out The Little Green Monster Project website!

About the Illustrator: Jackie Gorman is a Chapman digital arts graduate with a game development minor currently based in Los Angeles. She was born in New Zealand, raised on Maui, HI and is proud of her Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Hawaiian, German, and Irish heritage. She aims to tell fascinating stories of Polynesia through animation. Find more of Jackie’s artwork on her website!

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14 responses to “Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! by Sharon Chappell

  1. Thank you so much for your sensitive review of The Little Green Monster. I’m glad that there are more books that talk about cancer affecting children. Thank you also for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

  2. Facing cancer as a young child is actually very scary and can be very difficult to explain. It sounds like this picture book does a wonderful job of approachfully handling the topic. I am working as an au pair again and have been reading a lot of picture books again, and I am happy to be finding some very good diverse, and meaningful picture books like this one.

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