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Tom Lichtenheld knows plenty about monsters, and fortunately for 8-year-olds everywhere, he's willing to share his secrets in Everything I Know About Monsters, the sequel to Everything I Know About Pirates. Presented as a field guide of sorts, the instructive book begins with a diagram of a typical monster, with the usual characteristics from hopelessly bad hair to weird feet. The guide, which delves into monster psychology (very simple) as well as monster hygiene (very minimal), is divided up by type of monster such as: "Under-the-Bed Monsters" (lazy, eat dirty socks, scared by smiley-face night-lights), "Basement Monsters" (Sock Suckers, Ankle Fiends, Tool Ghouls), "Attic Monsters" ("sit around all day reading old National Geographic magazines that your parents are saving for no apparent reason"), and "Outside Monsters" (such as Big Foot "a Boy Scout gone bad" and Swamp Thang). A handy Monster Avoidance Chart may help kids get a good night's sleep.

Monsters are also discussed from a cultural perspective in sections such as "Man-Made Monsters" (Frankenstein, robots) and "TV and Movie Monsters:" "Lots of monsters audition for parts in monster movies, but they never get the parts because they're such lousy actors." Even space aliens, "not officially part of the monster kingdom," are given play, because they're "fun to draw." The Official Mad Scientist Monster Maker includes three columns of words that kids can mix and match to create a monster name, such as Creepy-Eared Knucklehead or Bat-Nosed Belcher. Lichtenheld's comical, color-rich illustrations capture Essence of Monster most gruesomely, and each double-page spread boils and bubbles with funny captions, cartoons, side jokes, and general silliness. And remember, "If you do see a monster don't overreact. It only encourages them." (Ages 6 to 10--not for kids who are still afraid of monsters!) --Karin Snelson

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The Many-Mouthed Midnight Muncher and the Big Butted Bug Eyed Terrible Tongue Twister are among the horrible creatures pictured and explained in Everything I Know About Monsters by Tom Lichtenheld. Illustrated in campy cartoon style, the sequel to Everything I Know About Pirates contains a tongue-in-cheek Monster Avoidance Chart, a monster brain analysis and the truth about Big Foot (he s a Boy Scout gone bad). (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First edition. edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068984381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689843815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though Tom Lichtenheld tells the reader on the first page of this book, in no uncertain terms, that there really are no such things as monsters... "No monsters, ever, nowhere, nohow", he also makes it clear that "monsters DO exist in our imaginations." And since he's considered an expert storyteller with an oversized, vivid imagination, he's done us the honor of writing the quintessential book using made-up facts and best guesses about monsters. From under-the-bed monsters, closet monsters, basement and attic monsters, to man-made monsters, robots, and even aliens, find out what they eat, where they live, what they do, how they think, and even how much light it takes to keep a monster away. Mr Lichtenheld's easy to read and hilarious text is entertaining, and only outdone by his bold, bright, and busy illustrations. Each captivating two page spread is chock full of creative fun facts, engaging jokes, clever cartoons, and funny captions, and youngsters will enjoy poring over every inch of each fun-filled page. Perfect for kids 6-10, Everything I Know About Monsters is a silly, interactive, manic, romp no red-blooded monster lover should be without.
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Grab a pen and write down the name of every child you know and order at least that many copies of Tom's latest book. It's
the kind of book you'll race to read to your child's class. The kind you're thrilled to donate to the school library. The book
you can't wait to give to all your friends...before it wins all the awards.
Tom's illustrations are so detailed and funny you're sure to find something new and gruesome and oooky with every
reading. And his writing is so full of jokes for kids and grown-ups, that you won't mind reading it for the cajillionth
time. I love the charts for making up your own monsters. (You'll find a great one for making up pirate names in Tom's first book..Everything I Know About Pirates) My favorite bit tells why trees cast shadow monsters in your room at night. And the food
pyramid for monsters is a hoot...and frighteningly similar to the one my children follow.
I think the scariest thing about this book is that one person has the talent to write and illustrate a book this wonderful. You'd
almost think some mad scientist made Tom Lichtenheld in a lab with a brain marked "Hal Larious."
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Great book! It's one of those very rare children's books that is as appealing to adults as it is to kids, but often on very different levels. This tongue-in-cheek tribute covers the spectrum from "man-made monsters" to "TV monsters" to "space aliens" and beyond. The hilarious asides in the margins alone are worth the price of admission (don't miss "How many cave monsters are in the cave?"). And the "Official Mad Scientist Monster Maker" will have your kids writing their very own monster chronicles.
As a bonus, if your child is the least bit afraid of "monsters" of any kind, this light-hearted book will help alleviate their anxietiy.
I think this work actually surpasses Mr. Lichtenheld's wonderful predecessor "Everything I know about Pirates", but then I've always been a huge monster fan. Or is that monstrous monster fan?
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My 4 year old grandson is obsessed with all things scary: dragons, dinosaurs and especially monsters. This was a fun book to read together with him -the illustrations are more silly than scary but he was able to invent his own scary stories about even the most benign looking monster. And, he's a kid who LOVES details so the many "facts" about each monster really held his attention. This is probably good for 4 - 6 or 7 year olds - might be a little too silly for older kids
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I love this book! Perfect for 3-5th grade age kids, but other ages will like it as well.
The author inspires his readers to draw, create, and be imaginative. The monsters are fun, humorous, ironic, and somewhat gross (which my boys just loved.)
My art students created some really great work after reading and being inspired by this great book.
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By Library Girl on September 11, 2013
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If you have any question if monsters and aliens exist, then this is a perfect book for you. Illustrations are bright and colorful as the author explains all things monsters and aliens. Kids will laugh!!!! Great book!
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A fun and funny book for children who like/love monsters. A great book to read WITH children. I would NOT suggest it for any child who is afraid of monsters or under the age of four. I do think it would be a wonderful literacy tool for an older child who struggles with reading.
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By A Customer on April 25, 2003
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My six year old thinks this book is great. I bought this and "Everything I know About Pirates" and he loves both.Recommended for boys aged 5-9.
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