Karen Reyes is a monster-obsessed 10-year-old girl growing up in Chicago in the 60s. When her neighbor upstairs is killed, Karen decides to find her killer. With intense, arresting artwork, Ferris has created Karen's notebook for us to read and wonder at. For anyone who loved Harriet the Spy as a child, this is the grown-up version you've always longed for!— From Sarah B.'s Picks (page 1)
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen's investigation takes us back to Anka's life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.