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The Monster Who Ate My Peas Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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Gr 1-4-Another yucky food story, this one told in rhyme. And it actually works. The narrator does not want to eat his peas, but risks losing out on dessert. Along comes a food monster that agrees to eat the veggies if the child gives him his soccer ball. That's fine until the dreaded morsels show up again a few days later. The monster drives a hard, Faustian bargain and, naturally, when the stakes become too high, the boy discovers that he likes peas. The rhymes flow, begging to be read aloud. Faulkner has created a truly disgusting monster with hairy feet and icky toenails, covered with slimy vegetables, too big for the page. Children will clamor to hear this one again and again.

Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Arcimboldo meets Mad Magazine as a monster that looks like a cross between an octopus and a compost pile bargains with a young narrator willing to sacrifice his prized soccer ball, and even his new bike, rather than eat peas.... there's a Seussian (or Clement Clarke Moore) flavor to the rhymed text.... the rollicking rhythms and madcap, over-the-top art give this... [book] plenty of comic energy." ---Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 1st edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561452165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452163
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The rhyme, the subject and the illustrations are a perfect marriage in this book. Children ask for it to be read over and over again. They clamor at the end that there's more monsters waiting for him to trade again. And then they are eager to share just what they'd be willing to trade in order to not have to clean the toilet or eat their liver or whatever disgusts them. It's a great story to break the ice with kids and even to read using voices.
Publishers Weekly has no clue about what appeals to kids- the Lima Bean Monster is a shelf sitter and the illustrations do nothing to excite kids about the story. Use this book instead and your kids will be begging for another story like it. I can't wait to see the new book being published by this author and hope the illlustrator will be right there with him to turn kids into readers.
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After hearing Mr. Schnitzlein read his story in person at the school in which I teach, I just HAD to buy it. The students LOVED it, as well as the adults in the room. This book is a breath of fresh air and the illustrations are wonderful! I highly recommend this book to kids of ALL ages!!! Two thumbs up, Mr. Schnitzlein and Mr. Faulkner!
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What a great book! Kids will love it cuz it relates to their daily frustrations of doing things that they aren't fond of, and connects with the things kids do to get out of what is expected of them. In the end, the boy in the story learns that taking the easy road lost him some things that meant the world to him, and stole the opportunity he had for enjoying the peas he wouldn't give a chance.

Parents will like the book: 1) because the story rhymes and is, actually, enjoyable to read aloud and with inflection; and, 2) it shows "little rebels" that being stubborn and taking the easy road in life can come back to haunt you!

Both parent and child will like the imaginative steps taken to teach the lesson, the happy ending, and the wonderful illustrations! This is a book that can be read over and over and over, and enjoyed every time! I keep going to the library to check it out again and again; and, more often than not, it is not available! Enjoy!
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Everyone tells me I'm just an overgrown kid ... and when it comes to children's books, how right they are! And when I find one I think is a clever idea with the added bonus of fun, lyrical verse AND fabulous artwork, I'm as giggly as any three-year-old.

Seriously, I have always enjoyed reading children's books, having caught the "fever" when my own kids were small. And now they're grown, as are my grandchildren, but the habit has not left me.

This book is one of my very favorites, right up there with The Boy Under The Bed and some of Jay Leno's books.

But what I like isn't nearly as important as what the kids like, and the kids at the corner nursery that I visit from time to time with the book I authored are NUTS about this book.

Highly recommended.

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My family and I were fortunate enough to get to meet Mr. Schnitzlein at a ceremony at my son's school and hear a live reading of the book. My 11-year old son, one of the oldest kids present, begged for a copy of his own (although it is really written for a younger age group)! We thoroughly enjoyed the book as well as Mr. Schnitzlein's very entertaining presentation and the "writer's workshop" he gave to the children. The characters in his book (even the monster) are as warm and inviting as the author himself. The plot kept even the adults on the edge of their seats, and the laughter never stopped from first page to last. We can hardly wait for the next book to emerge from the very creative mind of this author.
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My 2-year old daughter begs for this book. She has the words mostly memorized. It is a wonderful lesson in a number of ways, and also delightful to read. I am still not tired of it. After checking it out from the library 5 times, and paying late-return fees, I decided we must own it.
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Format: Hardcover
I just bought this book and my son, who's 5, and loved it. He's already requesting it to be read over and over. Loved the rhymes.
Looking forward to the next book by this author.
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This story has truly won the the small but sincere hearts of my pre-schoolers especially one in particular a requested read just about on a daily basis. Truly a great find, thanks to author Danny Schnitziein.
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