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A monster tale
on August 27, 2009
What would you do if you found a little lost monster? What is it was crying? What if it started to rain? Minneapolis Simpkin knew she had to take the monster home. She had been desperate for a pet anyway. She was also pretty sure her mother wouldn't like it one bit...
I have mixed feelings about this book. Judge for yourself:
The positives: This is a very funny book (with just a touch of spookiness). Expect nothing less from author Peggy Parish (of "Amelia Bedelia" fame). It turns some conventions upside down: Instead of being afraid of monsters lurking in the the closet or basement, our heroine PUT her monster in those places, and has a hard time of keeping it there. Also, did you know that monsters apparently love pickles?
The negatives: Minneapolis and her mother yell at each other. After a fight, Minn runs out of the house. At a later point, she wanders alone in the dark. And worst of all, she keeps a very big secret from her mother (after all, wouldn't you want to know if your kid brought a monster home?!?) These are not the lessons I want my child to learn.
Nota bene: All "Level 1" books are not created equal. Most of the words in this one are straight forward enough ("Minneapolis Simpkin," however, is quite the mouthful.) But the book is 64-pages long, with lots of fast-paced dialogue and other relatively advanced literary conventions. If your child is not able to read it independently, however, this is a fine book to read out loud.