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No More Monsters for Me! (I Can Read Level 1) Paperback – August 28, 1987

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About the Author

Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians.



Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.

When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.

Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 70L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Level 1
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 28, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064441091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064441094
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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.
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I cannot tell you how much my sons love this book! They love this green monster and all the silly things that he has done with Minn. My sons will ask me to read this story in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening and for their bed-time story for a month and not feel tired of it!
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Format: School & Library Binding
My daughter has a fascination for monsters, so I knew that she would adore this book. Now she has a book about a monster that I can read to her at bedtime without worry of bad dreams. It's a very cute story.
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Format: Paperback
My older son LOVED this book when he was learning to read. Now, my youngest, 5, is reading it. It is a wonderful story that captures children's imaginations about monsters. It also depicts a good and realistic relationship between a mother and child. Although this book is a Level 1 reader, it is much more advanced than most level 1 readers, which contain rhyming words, words from the same word families, and/or repetition. Certain more difficult words (ie, hiccups, basement, bawling, monster, etc.) are repeated often on different pages throughout the book, though, so early readers learn to recognize these words. I would say that this is an advanced level 1 reader. It is a good book to read when your child is beyond the basic "formula" readers, but not quite at level 2.
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Our daughter asked for this book for her son because she loved this book as a child. This book is old-fashioned by today's standards, but it's a great book for dealing with bedtime fears, scared-of-the-dark issues, etc., in a gentle, humorous way. Also, after many rereadings (I remember THAT vividly) a child begins to pick out individual words that can be the start of real reading. Fun book that children like and parents don't mind (too much) rereading!
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By M. Doudna on February 12, 2013
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I bought this for my son. He is dyslexic and has trouble reading, so therefore he doesn't want to read at all. We started reading this and he loved the story. He laughed and was excited to read ahead to see what was going to happen. After we read it I had to order him two more books he picked out. This is fantastic. Anything to get him to sit down to read and practice so he can get better.
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Format: Perfect Paperback
I bought this book for my children for Christmas in 1981 or 1982. Now they are all wanting this book for their children. It was as much fun for the boys in the family as it was for the girls though the book is actually about a girl--Minneapolis Simpkin. It opens with a discussion, which we interrupt, between mom and Minneapolis. Obviously, Minn wants a pet and mother does not. Then Minn finds a baby monster and takes it home. Things do not go well. My children, when they were small, had a hate-love relationship with monsters. This book filled the gap so that the monster could be enjoyed and the child could be the winner. What fun it was, and is. I highly recommend it to all.
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A Kid's Review on March 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Title: No More Monsters for Me
Author: Peggy Parish
Favorite Characters: Monster, Mom
Minneapolis Simpkin wants a pet so bad that when she comes across a monster, she takes it home. Her mom said that she could not have any pets, but she didn�t mention monsters. The problem is hiding the monster when it cries so much and continues to grow every time it eats. Things get even worse when the monster gets hiccups and eats everything in the basement.
Near the end, Minn tells her mom about the monster, but her mom doesn�t seem to believe her. Her mom does make a certain promise to Minn if she gets rid of the monster. Read the book to find out what her mom promises.
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