From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Mr. and Mrs. Monster's hatchlings include a green son, Frightful, and purple daughter, Horrid, who have their parents' lumpy, horned, clawed, and grimacing features. The last egg contains Little Shock. His pink fur, round blue eyes, and gentle nature are abominations to the family. His siblings try to teach him to scratch, hiss, and attack, but “cutie-pie” remains cuddly and kind. These negative attributes save the day, however, when the more aggressive toddlers accidentally awaken a full-spread red monster whose anger melts to anguish when Little Shock kisses him. The large format and brightly colored cartoons lend themselves well to group sharing. Edgson's monsters are like plush toys with coy expressions, more funny than fierce. McAllister offers fresh descriptions touched with humor. Regarding the eggs: “Mr. Monster kept them warm by huffing with his hot, stinky breath.” “Mrs. Monster screeched to them.” Youngsters exploring irony will be fans of this story.Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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In a deliciously yucky reversal of the sweet new-baby story, this picture book will appeal to kids with its beastly detail and cuddly resolution. Mr. and Mrs. Monster love the ugly little creatures that hatch out of two of their eggs. They name the one with prickly spikes and snarly fangs Frightful, and the one with horny spines and bristly warts becomes Horrid. But ugh! They don't know what to do with the soft, pink little creature that emerges from the third egg, so they call him Little Shock. Kids will love the large, unframed illustrations in bright colors that show Frightful and Horrid as they hiss, snarl, scratch, and grow “hairier and scarier,” in contrast to gurgling, fluffy, rosy-hued Little Shock. In a wry turnaround, the cute outsider saves the day: when a huge, furry beast snarls at them in the woods, Frightful and Horrid are terrified, but Little Shock terrifies the predator with a kiss (“Yuck!”) and sends him running and crying for his mommy. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman