PreSchool-K—Grown-ups know that kids generally don't like eating broccoli. Apparently, neither do monsters. Sure, they like tractors, rocket ships, and boulders. Only don't give them artichokes, lima beans, or anything green. When the "monsters" eat giant maple trees, though, they discover they have been fooled into eating the dreaded broccoli. The next spread reveals that the monsters are children who have fallen for that age-old adult trick of calling broccoli "trees." Not only that, but they also discover that "trees" are so delicious, they beg for "Another helping, please." For the most part, the rhyming text flows nicely when read aloud but it stumbles when the monsters repeatedly shout, "Fum,/foe,/fie,/fee,/monsters don't eat broccoli." The gouache illustrations are bright and textured; they pop off the page. However, the monsters and the backgrounds are done in similar hues so that the creatures sometimes blend into the scenery. Among a crowded field, this title doesn't stand out. Recommend Mitchell Sharmat's Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Scholastic, 1984) or Kenneth Oppel's The King's Taster (HarperCollins, 2009) instead.—Laura Lutz, formerly at Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Barbara Jean Hicks is the author of The Secret Life of Walter Kitty and Jitterbug Jam. She lives in Oxnard, California.
Sue Hendra is the illustrator of more than seventy children’s books. She lives in Brighton, England.
Story is sweet. Pictures are really unique and fun. Three year old nephew loved it.Published 7 months ago by Cathy J.
My 4 year old daughter loves this book so much we had to buy 2 - one for our house and one to donate to her preschool classroom library. Plus, she's been eating more broccoli!Published 7 months ago by Katie Ponting
My kids loved this book! They ate broccoli all night and growled like monsters :)Published 8 months ago by Lucy De
This is a cute picture book with a silly story line of monsters eating tractors, buildings and basically anything other than broccoli; young children will giggle over this fun... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shelli
This book is a must read. Drawings are great, text is funny. We love it.Published 9 months ago by LeeMichael McLean
The librarian at our public library suggested this book for my 6 year old grandson. We read it everynight
for 3 weeks. Read more
gives a new view on broccoli, granddaughter loves book. Is one that will wear out because of reading.Published 13 months ago by beckey williams tissier