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Monster Baby Hardcover – June 15, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547060068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547060064
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–When Mr. and Mrs. Oliver discover a baby monster on their farmhouse porch, they raise the orange-furred, purple-horned creature as their own son. Olly turns out to be incredibly precocious, outgrowing his cradle in half a day and progressing from kindergarten to college in less than two weeks. Soon he is taller than the Olivers' house and of great use on the farm. His biggest challenge is learning how to play with children, but, once he learns to be gentle, his back becomes a jungle gym and his tail a waterslide at a lakeside park. At his one-month birthday and adoption celebration, he meets Elly, a fellow monster taller than he is. In this old-fashioned story, traditional roles abound, from Mr. and Mrs. Oliver's conventional attire and duties to the gender of the nurse, principal, janitor, and teacher. There is little conflict here, and the only thing monstrous about Olly turns out to be his size. While children will enjoy the humorous watercolor cartoons of him as he negotiates a world too small for his stature, the story is not memorable. If your collection needs an additional title with kinder, gentler monsters, then this one's for you.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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“Bundled in a blue blanket on the Olivers’ doorstep, orphaned baby Olly resembles any other newborn, ‘except for the fur, the tail, the pointy teeth, and the purple horns.’ His foster parents bypass his makeshift lemon-crate cradle for a wheelbarrow to suit his rapidly growing hulky frame. Olly’s skills progress accordingly; within one month, he learns to walk and to read and graduates from the local university. Comparable to a tame Bigfoot, this towering tyke meets an unusual friend of elephantine proportions with fortuitous results. With his lavender horns, gap-fanged smile and fluffy golden mane, Olly’s more lovable than formidable; he blows the wind for children’s kites and serves as a living waterslide for afternoons of play. Cushman’s varying perspectives provide effortless amusement as the pint-sized Olivers relate to their monstrous toddler. Soft watercolor spreads suit this small town, though the abundant white space occasionally provides a stark effect. While there is little conflict in this slight story, lively images provide a sizable read-aloud, starring one huggable critter, extra-large.”—Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of 60 books for young readers, ranging from picture books to novels for teens. Popular titles include Princess Nevermore, Monster of the Month Club, The World According to Kaley, and Barnyard Slam.

She is a former "Member of the Year" of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, has been inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers' Hall of Fame, and has received a "Distinguished Medal of Service in Children's Literature" from the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. Also, a library in South America has been named after her.

Dian graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and taught school in Denver. She is a frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools.

A native of Colorado, she has also lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Venezuela, and Kansas. In 2012, she moved home to Colorado.
Websites: www.diancurtisregan.com www.princessnevermore.com www.rockycavekids.com princessnevermorefansite.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karlaandjune on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an adoption story about a couple who wanted children and got a monster on their doorstep! it's very cute and it demonstrates unconditional love in a playful way that engages a child's imagination.
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By Austinite B on November 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it vaguely gets into adoption, though I think most kids won't pick up on that as easily. Something about this book feels dated -- maybe it's how the wife makes the clothes and wants a baby, and the husband is manly and reads the paper (nary a Kindle in sight) and builds things. It's not awful, but it seems written for a different age and time. Additionally, the author seemed to miss an opportunity when Olly meets Elly. It gets three stars only because my kids like the idea of a monster turning up on someone's doorstep.
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