Picture Book Review: Milo and Monty

Milo and Monty by Roxana de Rond
Milo and Monty
by Roxana de Rond

4 out of 5 stars

Milo and Monty are two dogs with very different personalities. Monty loves to play and be petted and hugged by people. Milo likes to find a quiet spot by himself, and hates being petted. Monty is laid-back and relaxed. Milo is anxious and worried. Can Milo’s family learn to understand him and give him the space he needs?

I loved how the idea of different introvert and extrovert personalities is explored in this book, especially when a little boy comes to visit who is very quiet and retired like Milo. It was wonderful to see how the family learned to accept Milo just as he is and give him what he needs in different situations. Sometimes introverts need a safe and quiet space a little apart from others, but where you aren’t excluded from the activity. I loved how the characters learn to respect and appreciate Milo’s unique characteristics and needs.
The illustrations are really cute! I loved the colors and the way that different energy or quietness was portrayed from different characters. The expressions on their faces alerts the reader to the underlying mood of each character, giving the story depth. There is also some great diversity among the human characters that was nice to see.

This is a fun and thoughtful book, perfect for explaining introversion and extroversion to children, or to explain having respect for anyone who has special needs in social situations.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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