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One Monster After Another Hardcover – September 7, 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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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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Sally Ann's letter to Lucy Jane goes on a fantastic journey when a "Stamp-Collecting Trollusk" steals it from the mailbox.
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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: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I made the mistake of waiting too long to order when I found a decent price for a hardcover one of these and then had to wait over a month to find another. They reprinted the Zipperump-a-zoo book recently and I was disappointed to find this one was overlooked. Such a good story with illustrations that will stick with children for a lifetime! My son was mesmorized by the Typhoonigator and he thinks Yalappapus is just the silliest word ever. I'm very happy I was able to make classic Mercer Mayer a part of his personal library.
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I agree 110% with BaileyMom. BEST PICTURE BOOK IN HISTORY. Should be in EVERY home!! The most imaginative, awe-inspiring images. Leaves an indelible impression on a child's imagination. I think this book, more than any other, affected my dream world as a wee one. Beautiful, surreal, almost insanely detailed, hilarious, wonderful, simply remarkable. I believe this was Mercer Mayer's utter masterpiece. I just can't say enough about this book, and I'm baffled as to why classics such as "Where The Wild Things Are" are in constant demand (understandably, in Maurice Sendak's case), yet works as exquisite as this particular book are relegated to obscurity. I found "Professor Wormbog", another 70s-era Mercer Mayer masterpiece, and thought I'd hit the jackpot as far as lost childhood treasures. As it turns out, there was ANOTHER, even stranger book that was skipping along the edges of my memory. When I found "One Monster After Another" the other week at our small-town library...I wept. It was very validating...all those years, wondering, 'What WAS that book?!' But I hadn't made it up! Those pictures were real, afterall! And I think if you give this book to your children, once they move on past picture books, you should store it away safe, in a fireproof box. Give it back to them when they are adults. Their minds will be blown all over again. LOVE this book to pieces. Love it, love it, love it.
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