Who wouldn't benefit from a few helpful hints about the care and feeding of pet monsters? In their handy how-to guide, bestselling author Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
) and monster illustrator extraordinaire Nate Evans are happy to oblige with such pearls of wisdom as, "When choosing a monster, do not pick one who grabs you and starts to eat your shirt," and "Always read your monster a bedtime story. Do not tell your monster to count sheep. Counting sheep will make him hungry." Numeroff's deadpan presentation of the 10 steps to selecting and living with a pet monster is the perfect foil to Evans's hilarious, rowdy pictures. Purple polka dots and big bug-eyes reign, as the puppy-like personality of the featured monster wreaks havoc all over his adoptive home. Ever since the animated film, Monsters, Inc.
, monsters have enjoyed a renaissance as lovable (if incorrigible) imaginary companions. Children with a soft spot for weird, warted beasts will adore the silliness of this lighthearted "manual." (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Numeroff and Evans provide a carefully and comically outlandish outline to the parameters of monster (aka pet) ownership. To illustrate their advice, they focus on one relationship between a boy and a monster, from the first step the purchase itself at a kind of monster animal shelter ("Do not pick one who grabs you and starts to eat your shirt") to the 10th step, managing tuck-in time ("Counting sheep will make him hungry"). Evans emphasizes the monster's girth with full-bleed pictures of him nearly spilling off the page. Festooned with a host of goofily grotesque features polka-dotted belly, striped tail and nose horn, blue hair the monster, with his bright, happy eyes and avid grin, brings to mind an oversize, eager-to-please dog (children will also gleefully note the monster's fondness for red sneakers and a beanie cap). Numeroff's poker-face prose makes the perfect foil for these visual hijinks. In Step 5, she soberly advises, "Do not play fetch with your monster. Save this for your dog or little brother," while Evans shows the monster running after a ball, then returning to his owner with not only the ball, but the entire tree in which it landed. Ages 3-7.
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