How to Return a Monster

Illustrated by: Rea Zhai
Published by: Beaming Books

If your grown-ups bring home a small monster, er, baby, don’t panic. Just send it back.

In this hilarious and heartfelt book about sibling relationships, a girl can’t believe it when her parents bring home a fussy, stinky, attention-stealing monster. She hatches a plan to send it back to where it came from, with hilarious results . . . and along the way, she learns that maybe monsters—and siblings—aren’t so bad after all.

A humorous take on big-sibling reactions to having a new baby at home.

  • Humorous illustrations match the quirky “return to sender” story
  • Fun portrayal of sibling relationships
  • Teaches lessons of sharing, compassion, and love for a new member of the family
  • Laugh-out-loud text will have parents and kids wanting to read this book again and again


“Every older sibling (and some new parents!) has felt the way the narrator of this adorable book feels. The story is a sweet and funny acknowledgment of a universal sentiment.” —Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, award-winning children’s book author

“A big sparkly stamp of approval for this monstrously fun picture book!” —Linda Joy Singleton, author of Curious Cat Spy Club series, Crane & Crane, and The Seer series.

“A fun, funny, and inspiring read. How To Return a Monster shares the important reminder that all relationships need time, whether you are dealing with a monster or a baby.”—Lynne Marie, author of Moldilocks and the Three Scares, The Star in the Christmas Play, and Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World

“How to Return a Monster is a 10-step celebration of sibling relationships, with return postage and hugs included.” —Robin Newman, author of award-winning Wilcox & Griswold mystery series

“Kids will love the giggle-inducing antics of this big sister! If you’re looking for a heartfelt, humorous take on sibling relationships, Step 1: Read this book!” —Danna Smith, author Swallow the Leader

“In this charming narrative, Charlotte Offsay’s new picture book allows the resentful older sister the space to wrestle with the natural tendency of wanting all the love in the room.” —Barbara Bottner, New York Times best-selling author of over 40 books