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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book as a kid and thought my daughter would like it too. She sure enough did! We had to read it twice and then at least once a day for a week if not more.Published 1 day ago by Deja Voodoo
A cute story of a young girl working on getting a pet. She brought a monster home and although very nice it at too much and grew very quickly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Persop
Bought this because my cousin needed it for her class.. Great book for kids to readPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not one of my favorite books ive ordered for my daughter.Its not bad , it just didnt thrill or excite me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heidi suggs