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One Monster After Another Hardcover – September 7, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Series: Little Monster
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Brighter Child (September 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577686888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577686880
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

If I Had a Gorilla by Mercer Mayer, reissued on the occasion of the book's 35th anniversary, chronicles the wistful desires of a boy in need of bully protection. "If I had a gorilla, I'd take him to school. Then the big kids wouldn't pick on me if I had a gorilla." Other Mercer Mayer titles being reissued are You're the Scaredy-Cat; Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo; and One Monster After Another. (May)
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From the Back Cover

Sally Ann's letter to Lucy Jane goes on a fantastic journey when a "Stamp-Collecting Trollusk" steals it from the mailbox.

More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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More reprints please!!
Ann Harrild
Although now in my mid thirties, I still remember the story and illustrations from this book -- my childhood favorite.
E. Horton
This is a charming children's book, both in word and illustration.
Kathleen L Donnelly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Lewis Read on September 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the all time greats. But I was disappointed after ordering a new hardcover copy. It is smaller than the original printing, with the result that the binding cuts across monster faces. Very lame. I am sending it back and ordering a used copy from the original printing.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chess Heart on April 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mercer Meyer is best known for his series of "Lil' Critter" books ("I Just Forgot", "Grandpa and Me", etc). In "One Monster After Another" he's created a whole passle of strange-yet-lovable creatures with fantastic names like the Stamp Collecting Trollusk, the Letter Eating Bombanant and-my favorite-the Wild N' Wooly Typhoonagator.
At the beginning of the story, Sally Ann writes a letter to her friend Lucy Jane. However, before the mailman can pick up the letter, a top hat-wearing Stamp Collecting Trollusk steals the letter from the mailbox (Sally Ann's mother is seen gasping in fear as she looks through the window in her housedress and hair curlers). BUT, before the Trollusk can collect the stamp-he carries a huge mail bag at his side that's overflowing with collected stamps-a flying creature called the Letter Eating Bombanant flies out of Nowhere (a street sign points "TO NOWHERE" and, opposite, "TO TOWN") and snaps up the letter.
Of course, the story hardly stops here. Another monster, the Bombanant Munching Grimley, snaps up the Bombanant, intending to eat him. BUT before it can do that, another series of misshaps takes the monsters (and the letter!) on another series of adventures. Does the letter finally get to Lucy Jane?? Heh, heh, heh... Read the book to find out!!
"One Monster..." is a kids' classic, and it is such a shame that the book is no longer in print, especially considering that the other books by Meyer are always on school and bookstore shelves. The book is oversize and the illustrations very finely detailed so the reader can all but walk into the book itself (indeed, in my imagination as a child, I did that very thing, always following my favorite creature of the moment on their adventures).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Horton on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although now in my mid thirties, I still remember the story and illustrations from this book -- my childhood favorite. Now that my friends' children are almost to reading age, I plan to give this book for birthdays and holidays so that others can enjoy the whymsical tale with ornate illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Leone BookServices on April 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My children now range in age from 28 to 33. Their father read this to them almost every night. They loved it! The monsters have such great names and do NOT frighten young children (mine where under five when we starting reading Mercer Mayer). They are all getting a copy of this for Christmas to share with my grandchildren. Hope it never goes out of print again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By momof4 on December 20, 2002
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As a childhood fan of Mercer Mayer, I ordered this book for my young sons, not realizing it was a reprint of a delightful book I had as a child. The illustrations in this book are lively and offer a depth of detail for little ones and the adults reading it to them. It is one of the rare books that is pleasing for parent and child after many readings. I also highly recommend the reprint of Mayer's "Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-zoo." Get both of these while they are still in reprint. Absolute treasures!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, with all the illustrations. I could just sit for hours reading and looking at the pictures of monsters. I plan on reading it to my child someday....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite book as a child, and I have spend much of my adult life trying to find it again. The monsters are so wonderful and creative: the Stamp Collecting Trollusk, the Letter Eating Bombanat, the Ferocious Ice-Ferg, and the Paper-Munching Yalapapus. It makes me laugh every time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BaileyMom on December 24, 2011
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Okay, I know I set myself up by saying this is the most amazing picture book ever, but it is. I read this book as a child all the time, loving its clever made-up words and delicious images. As an adult, I still love it, and so do our children. I only hope the book gets republished again since the copies I own are used. And yes, I bought one to add to the one my mother bought us so that each child will have one to take into his/her own home someday. It's that good.
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