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The Scariest Monster in the Whole Wide World Hardcover – August 6, 2001

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Thea made a darling fairy last Halloween, a runner-up for the costume prize, and this year her parents envision her winning as a butterfly or dancer. Thea sees herself more as a chartreuse Godzilla with "blood dripping off the corners of my mouth, and maybe even an ax coming out of my head." In Monks's (The Cat Barked?) witty mixed-media collages, the heroine finds a kindred spirit in her witchy grandmother, who wisely stitches the trophy-coveting parents a pair of prize-winning costumes. Like Hoodwinked (reviewed above), Mayer's debut supports unconventional girls. Ages 4-8.

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About the Author

This is Pamela Mayer's first children's book. Lydia Monks' illustrations have been called "zippy...witty...endearingly goofy." (Publishers Weekly)


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (August 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399234594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399234590
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on October 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Last Halloween, Thea Dewhickey won second prize at the costume parade. She was a beautiful fairy princess with silver slippers and a gold crown. Her parents were so proud. In fact, they had decided that this year she should win first prize and they had already started making costume plans. Mother thought Thea should be a butterfly with filmy chiffon wings. Dad thought she should be a Spanish dancer with red and black ruffles. But when they asked Thea, she told them she wanted to be the scariest monster in the whole wide world with claws and fangs, green scales and blood dripping from her mouth and maybe even an ax sticking out of her head. Needless to say, the Dewhickey's were not happy. Monsters didn't win prizes. So they decided to call in an expert, Grandma, to fix this little problem, and with a little creativity and a lot of ingenuity, Grandma comes through and saves the day..... Pamela Mayer has written a charming and amusing little story that will have both kids and adults giggling as they watch Thea make her case for being a monster to her disappointed parents. Her simple and straightforward text is only outdone by Lydia Monks' bold, bright and wonderfully expressive collage artwork. Together, they solve the problem of parents who get a bit carried away in an innovative way, and send a gentle message that Halloween, most of all, should be fun. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, The Scariest Monster In The Whole Wide World is a winner!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is so perfect for Halloween! My own kids start talking about picking their Halloween costumes in the summertime, so this book captures the childhood excitement of choosing a Halloween costume so well! The story is funny and adorable. I have no idea why that other reviewer said it wasn't appropriate for children-- that is so not the case! Sounds like she only glanced at the book and didn't read it or look at it carefully. I'd happily and comfortably read this to kids of any age!!
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