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Welcome to Monster Town (Christy Ottaviano Books) Hardcover – July 20, 2010


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From School Library Journal

PreS-K–Heshka seems to have spent all of his creative energy on the color-saturated, full-bleed renderings of monsters going about daily tasks, to the detriment of the brief text. The book is supposed to chronicle the activities of Monster Town's citizens from dawn to dusk, but the single sentences per spread are either hokey one-liners, some of which will fly over kids' heads–“The ghost writers cover the news”–or flat, uninteresting statements. Kids, though, will likely be entertained just by browsing through the acrylic and collage images, reminiscent of cartoon styles of the 1940s and 1950s and spooky in a kid-friendly sort of way. Definitely an additional purchase.Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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The work day in Monster Town begins, logically, at night. With the kiddies packed into their Ghoul Bus (those headlights look more like skull-lights), the adults who run the monstrous metropolis trod off to their dead-end—and that's a good thing!—jobs. Heshka has a blast with the concept, fitting each classic monster's traits with the occupation to which it is best suited. The nonrhyming text keeps it simple: The ghost writers cover the news. Dr. Cyclops is the resident eye doctor. Wolfman Jacques gets ready to snip 'n' cut at the barbershop. Heshka even distills a child's point of view on the suited-and-tied masses slugging down the sidewalk to work—they're zombies, of course. Each double-page spread splashes the undulating uglies with the garish primary colors of old-school drive-in movie posters. Adults tickled at the homages will appreciate the in-jokes, too: when Postmaster Skeleton delivers the monster mail, the scattered letters include such addressees as Lorre, Chaney, and Rathbone. Perfectly pitched for Halloween read-alouds. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Christy Ottaviano Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805088733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805088731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just really liked the illustrations!
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My husband reads this book to our 3 year old daughter every night.
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They will certainly love the pictures though!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the illustrations in Monster Town. These rich photos are going to draw in tiny monster lovers from the very first page. The pictures are kinda retro, kinda creepy, and kinda cute all rolled into one! The text, which I thought was rather clever in spots, ultimately left me wanting more. Each spread features one line of text: non-rhyming statements about each monster's job. Sure, I chuckled about the ghostwriters that work at the paper, and the vampire bats that work at the blood bank. I just have doubts as to whether most kids will get it. They will certainly love the pictures though! If you are looking for a good monster book at Halloween for your 3 or 4 year old, and are sure they are not going to get scared by some zombies and skeletons, then this is the book for you. Even with its spare text, it's well worth a look. I hope we see more kid's books from Mr. Heshka!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on October 13, 2010
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We don't have any young children in the home currently, but I just couldn't resist the appeal of Ryan Heshka's artwork. His Golden Age inspired renditions are uniquely entertaining, no matter what the subject.

There are clever little nuggets scattered throughout (e.g., I loved the fact that the Wolfman is the town's barber, or check out the eye chart on Dr. Cyclops' wall), and this book should be just as entertaining to adults as it will be to kids.

This release is a thin hardback, but at this price it's a bargain.

Heshka's colorful, sweeping style is a pure joy to behold and this book is going to be a permanent resident on our coffee table as it always brings a big smile to my face.

Highly Recommended (and a kudos to Amazon for their lightning quick service).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DS on December 31, 2012
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Bought this as a gift for my 5 year old nephew. He really liked it. Not too scary, and quite funny for him. I just really liked the illustrations!
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By Bones on June 25, 2013
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This is a wonderful book. I bought it for my son's monster themed nursery and it has such wonderful artwork and a clever story.
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My husband reads this book to our 3 year old daughter every night. It's so cute. I bought it for two friends as well.
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