Marvin’s Monster Diary

by Dr. Raun Melmed with Annette Sexton, illustrated by Jeff Harvey

Marvin’s Monster diary is about the adventures, or rather misadventures, of a little monster named Marvin. Marvin has a hard time staying focused on one task. At the beginning of the book, Marvin gets so distracted by tuning his guitar for a music competition the next day that he forgets to set his alarm and has to rush to get ready for school. Through all the chaos of rushing to get ready for school he ends up forgetting his guitar that he spent all night tuning. At the music competition Marvin meets his musical idol Stevie strummer who tells Marvin about how he struggled with getting distracted a lot when he was younger. Stevie explained that he pretended that his eyes and mind were like the zoom feature on a camera. When he needed to focus on a specific task he would zoom in. Marvin tried this trick and it worked for him sometimes but he still found himself getting distracted. Marvin decided to take this trick and make it his own by placing stickers around his room that say ST4 which stood for Stop and Take Time to Think. It’s by combining his own technique with others suggestions that allowed Marvin to get ahead of things that would normally distract him.

Dr. Raun Melmed believes that differences between people need not divide us. As a developmental pediatrician, he has devoted his life to ensuring those with developmental disabilities are part of our society. Born in South Africa, Dr. Melmed is no stranger to how differences can divide people.

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  • Fosters emotional and social development - 83%
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  • Has a clear message - explicit or implicit - 88%
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  • Helps children to understand their emotional experience - 86%
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  • Developmentally appropriate - 89%
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  • Captivating for children and their imagination - 88%
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  • Builds social bonds - 78%
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  • Supports loving relationships - 73%
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  • Promotes laughter - 72%
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  • Encourages creative play - 82%
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  • Is inventive - 83%
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  • Promotes diversity - 69%
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  • How likely would you be to recommend this book - 78%
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