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Big Scary Monster Library Binding – July 13, 2010

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PreS-Gr 1–Big Scary Monster lives on top of a mountain and loves to jump out and surprise everyone with a cry of “Boo!” His friends begin hiding from him and he decides to look for new creatures to frighten. “So, off he went down the mountain. But as he walked, a strange thing happened.” The rocks, plants, and creatures become bigger, and he starts to feel small and vulnerable. After he gets scared by a huge rabbit that looms over him, shouting, “Boo!” he scurries back up the mountain, where he is startled by his old friends. Grateful to see them again, he forgets all about being big and threatening. The full-spread watercolor illustrations in deep colors add to the “scary” element of the story. As the Big Scary Monster is traveling down the mountain or up, the art is minimal, showing just the character and the rocks and plants on a white background. The style of these pictures will give young readers an early lesson in perspective. Great as a read-aloud, this book will engage young monster lovers.Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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About the Author

Thomas Docherty has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including LITTLE BOAT and TO THE BEACH, which has been short-listed for the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in the west of England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Templar (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076364787X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647872
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I picked this book up in Boulder CO at a local bookstore. I read it to my 4 year old son and my 8 year old son and they both really loved the story and illustrations. I got a kick out of the book too. I highly recommend this book for adults who have no patience reading mindless storylines to their children. This book is a keeper.
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I very much like the cover of this book. The title is in direct contradiction to the expression on the monster's face - with his plastered on enormous smile , he looks like the friendliest guy around. But then you wonder - what's with all the scared looking smaller animals clustered around by his feet? Is this a big scary blue monster or is he just misunderstood?

We find out rather quickly that this monster is deserving of the title ... at least according to all the small animals who live near him. He gets his kicks by hiding quietly and then leaping out when they least expect it, yelling "Boo!" in his loudest voice. While this might be hilarious to him, the others do not share his sentiments. Their solution is to start hiding - if he can't find them, no awful scaring.

The animals become quite adept at hiding from the monster and he, in turn, becomes quite bored. Not only is there not anyone to scare, but there also isn't anyone to talk to. It is a lonely existence. Do you think the monster learns his lesson and ceases his scare tactics? Nope. He looks down from the big mountain where he resides and notices many other small animals at the bottom. Fresh meat to scare! He heads down with a big smile on his face.

As he tromps down the hill, those small things appear much larger as he approaches. The plants and rocks are towering over him and the creatures aren't the least bit small! The monster is the tiniest thing around and never felt so small and scared in his entire life. His heart pounding, the monster crouches behind a large rock to catch his breath. Suddenly, the "large rock" turns around and says "Boo!
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Bought a paperback version from my sons preschool & he loved it SO much that I had to order a more durable hardback version! Was disappointed it was printed in China instead of USA but the quality seems nice. Both my 4 yr old & his 6 yr old cousin enjoy the story.
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