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