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If You're A Monster And You Know It Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545218292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545218290
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–Children will love this book. Set to the familiar tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It," this rendition has a downloadable CD, performed by Adrian Emberley, on the publisher's website. The exceptionally bright, digitally created monsters are set against a black background, which makes them almost 3-D in appearance. Each verse appears in an easy-to-read font and in a variety of colors that show up clearly on the dark page. The Emberleys have a knack for creating wonderfully creepy creatures. Though wacky, some with four eyes, pointy teeth, and sharp claws, they are not too scary for even the youngest child. Kids will be only too willing to pretend to be monsters and follow along to "snort and growl," "twitch your tail," and "wriggle your warts," as instructed, in order to prove their monsterness. The last page states, "Now, do it again...," and that will be no problem.Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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On the tail of their similarly themed title, There Was an Old Monster (2009), the Emberleys return with another monstrous version of a classic rhyme. Their take on this participatory kindergarten staple maintains interest with repetitive stanzas (“If you’re a monster and you know it, / and you really want to show it, / if you’re a monster and you know it—smack your claws”) and frequent cues for reader behavior (“SMACK, SMACK”). Jet-black backgrounds set off neon cut-paper illustrations, the kind of patchwork beasties a kid might create. The climactic call for an encore ought to work; prepare for noise. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus

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Fun book with fantastic illustrations.
April Bonner
I bought this book to read to my students in my music class and they all loved it and have asked for it again and again.
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I can't wait to give this one a try for October story times!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's the old classic If You're Happy And You Know It done with just a delightfully monsterly twist. Fans of the Emberley's previous works will recognize these goofy monsters and will welcome the chance to sing along with them. My favorite line is the one that invites the kids to Wiggle Their Warts! That's going to be interesting!

The illustrations are so bright they seem flourescent against the pitch black background. I can't wait to give this one a try for October story times! It's a natural for any preschool or early elementary gathering, or if you just need an excuse for the sillies! Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Exuberant paintings reveal bright colors, and wacky outlandish characters. This is a simple substitution of monster themed lyrics for the familiar song, "If you're Happy and You Know It" to "If you're a monster and you know it, snort and growl, smack your claws, stomp your paws etc. A final rousing participation is meant to be enjoyed when all the sounds and actions are repeated. Placement on the page of last verse seems somewhat confusing since third line appears designed to be read before the 2nd line. Since the song is so well known, this is just a quibble not a major flaw; although if readers download the song as suggested and then try to follow it along, it may be even more confusing.
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Saw this wonderful book, read the description and couldn't resist. I haven't actually laid hands on it because I sent it straight to the sweet 3yo boy I used to sit for. Not big on electronic toys but also wanted to send a little more than this beautiful book. Perfect pairing, Monster Feet!: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E6IQP0/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If Amazon could recommend pairings like these...they'd really have something :)
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By J. K. Granzow on December 25, 2013
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A great book! My kids love it and it gets them active. We also cut out various shapes and made an art project to match.
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By Alicia Ellis on October 27, 2013
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We have read this book 3 times a day since it was delivered. We sing it, read it, chant it. What fun for Halloween..
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The Scholastic website has a download available of the song that goes along withthe book (to the tune of if you're happy and you know it). Fun book with fantastic illustrations. Warning: The song will be stuck in your head for days. Pre school kids enjoyed this interactive book a lot.
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Such beautiful, bold colors and artful monsters! The children in my preschool class were totally engaged looking at this book and singing along.
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