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Monster Munchies (Beginner Books, No 84) Hardcover – August 4, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679891633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679891635
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"Eleven blue monsters .... in a band ....  eat the music .... on their stand."

A funny, irreverent counting book featuring twenty different kinds of monsters (giant, tall, happy, slimy and more) with truly monstrous dietary habits! A brand-new Beginner Book from author of the mega-best-selling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie--Laura Numeroff!  

More About the Author

Laura Numeroff grew up in Brooklyn, with her mother, father and two older sisters. Her house was filled with books, art, music and folk dancing.

She attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in communications and a contract for her first children's book, AMY FOR SHORT, published in 1975 by Macmillan.

A New York Times best-selling children's book author, Laura is best known for the series based on her book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. First printed in 1985, "Mouse" is in its 40th printing. The fourth book in the series, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months- nine weeks at number one.

Publisher's Weekly listed IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES as the number two book for children in 2000 (Harry Potter was number one) and at one point, Laura had three books on the New York Times Bestseller List in the same week.

In 2000, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE was featured on the Oprah show three times, and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club, as well as being noted as Oprah's favorite children's book of the year on her Christmas show. "PIG" was also on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for over a year. In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.

Some of Laura's other books currently in print are: WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, DOGS DON'T WEAR GLASSES, THE CHICKEN SISTERS, WHY A DISGUISE? The first two books in Laura's JELLYBEANS book series made the New York Times Best Seller List.

Hillary Clinton, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have all read Laura's books to kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother, her daughters, Malia and Sasha read Laura's book at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Laura was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001. She has also visited over 100 elementary schools and has been a speaker at teacher conferences around the country.

Laura donates book sales to FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization that provides brand new books to children who otherwise would not have access to them. She has also donated all royalties from THE HOPE TREE- KIDS TALK OUT ABOUT BREAST CANCER, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Laura has appeared on The Today show twice as well as Good Morning America. On her December 13th, 2000 appearance on The Today Show, Laura donated 500 Mouse mini-books with doll ornaments to the show's toy drive.

When not writing, Laura takes tennis lessons (she says she's not very good but loves it anyway), reads to children in hospitals and foster homes and calls herself a book and movie fanatic.





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I loved the illustrations!
Donald Mitchell
My little brother had this book when he was younger and made me read it to him every night before bed.
Kerri Mendoza
Counting books make learning fun and what better lesson than education can be fun?
Gail Cooke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mom on June 23, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This is one that I ran across at the public library. The teacher in me loves that it has number words, color words, and rhyming words. My kids (boys- ages 4 and nearly 6)love the story, the illustrations, and the humor. From "One giant monster wears a dress, eats the couch, and makes a mess" to "Twenty hungry monsters with nothing left to chew. Better close this book up tight...Before they chew on YOU!" A really cute book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My kids love this book, and when I read it to my 4 year old's preschool class, they went nuts! They ALL loved it! I'm buying it for his preschool teacher for xmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Youngsters love counting books, especially when the book is presented to them as a game then they quickly rise to the challenge.

What else do youngsters like? Monsters, of course. Now, create a counting book with monsters and you have a sure winner. In addition, it's funny as 12 hungry monsters provoke giggles with such rhymes as "Twelve tall monsters at the dance drink some punch and eat their pants."

Counting books make learning fun and what better lesson than education can be fun?
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Format: Hardcover
Monster Munchies has three things to recommend it:

1. Unlike most preschool counting books, this one goes up to 20.

2. By employing amusing situations as monsters misbehave, the book is a lot more interesting than any other counting book I remember reading.

3. If a youngster is fascinated by monsters (and not afraid of them), this book will be a long-time favorite.

The book's main drawback is pretty obvious. If your child is timid about monsters (especially thinking that some monster might take a bite out of them), this book could be unsettling. You'll have to decide if your child will be amused or not. If your child isn't sure, you can use the book to encourage feeling unafraid around these goofy monsters that eat the inedible and undesirable.

Here's an example of what I mean about evaluating your child:

"Twenty hungry monsters with nothing left to chew. Better close this book up tight . . . Before they chew on you!"

I loved the illustrations! The drawings are imaginative, colorful, and downright goofy. You get a cross between dinosaurs and space aliens with variations on Sesame Street characters in between.
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By B. Kolbeck on January 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I originally found this book when I worked for a child watch area at a YMCA. The kids there LOVED this book! They always wanted me to read it to them. Now that I have my own kids, I looked high and low for this book. I am SO glad I found it! It was definitely a hit with them too! This is a fantastic book for kids.
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Format: Hardcover
It is tragic to read about the widespread effects of this illness. Clearly more awareness and research funding are needed.
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By Sarah Belohlavy on June 17, 2013
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This book is overpriced for being so small! I thought it was a larger book. Will NOT buy from Xanadu estates!
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