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Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli Hardcover – August 11, 2009

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PreSchool-K—Grown-ups know that kids generally don't like eating broccoli. Apparently, neither do monsters. Sure, they like tractors, rocket ships, and boulders. Only don't give them artichokes, lima beans, or anything green. When the "monsters" eat giant maple trees, though, they discover they have been fooled into eating the dreaded broccoli. The next spread reveals that the monsters are children who have fallen for that age-old adult trick of calling broccoli "trees." Not only that, but they also discover that "trees" are so delicious, they beg for "Another helping, please." For the most part, the rhyming text flows nicely when read aloud but it stumbles when the monsters repeatedly shout, "Fum,/foe,/fie,/fee,/monsters don't eat broccoli." The gouache illustrations are bright and textured; they pop off the page. However, the monsters and the backgrounds are done in similar hues so that the creatures sometimes blend into the scenery. Among a crowded field, this title doesn't stand out. Recommend Mitchell Sharmat's Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Scholastic, 1984) or Kenneth Oppel's The King's Taster (HarperCollins, 2009) instead.—Laura Lutz, formerly at Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Barbara Jean Hicks is the author of The Secret Life of Walter Kitty and Jitterbug Jam. She lives in Oxnard, California.

Sue Hendra is the illustrator of more than seventy children’s books. She lives in Brighton, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 17648th edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856860
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book jacket truly sets the tone for this book - funky monsters in vivid colors cavort wildly across the pages. Add to that a fun rhyming text, and you have yourself a royally great selection! Not to mention the little lesson on nutrition that is slyly tucked in around the fun. Really, you don't need to mention that part to your kids.

These monsters enjoy all sorts of snacks, from tractors to rocket ships. They gobble up cars by the dozen and have trailers for dessert. Alfalfa spouts, lima beans and broccoli, you say? No way! They cringe and cower when they see a plate piled up with green vegetables. Fum, foe, fie, fee ... monsters don't eat broccoli!

They are crazy for construction, chomping on rock boulders and licking stop signs like they were lollipops. They munch on cars, boats, ships and sharks. But the closest they come to eating anything from the backyard is the garden gate. These monsters do, however, eat giant redwoods and maple trees, which look suspiciously like ... the dreaded broccoli. Could there be a bit of a tricky end to this monster tale?

The clever, rhyming text is the perfect match for these eye-popping illustrations. I love that the monsters come in such a pleasing rainbow of color and pattern. The book offers great humor - both in written word and illustrations. Monsters plucking down spaceships with forks, burping wildly in the trailer park after a big meal, and cavorting in the park fountain. A very funny, wonderful book that really hits the mark.
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I'm 48 years old and childless, but I shared this book with a couple single mothers in my apartment complex, and they and their children loved it. One of these single mothers mentioned, "Though, to tell the truth, my daughter actually *likes* broccoli."

To which I responded, "Dear God, what is wrong with that child?"

(Full disclosure to my 5-star rating: I am related to the author. We've never met in real life, as far as I can recall, though. But I really did get a kick out of this book, and really did share it with neighbors with small children.)
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I bought this book for my extremely picky eater since it had very good reviews. To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed with the book initially, and my 4 year old son did not even want me to read it the first 2 times. But under duress I got him to get through the book and now we have to read it every night and he takes it to pre-school for his teachers to read. He loves it. It's funny to hear him say it along with me now too. He is still very picky but we can get him to at least try a few things here and there with a lot coercion - I always bring up the book and the monsters eating broccoli too and he laughs.
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So glad I ordered this. We rented this book from our local library and my 5 year old daughter fell in love with it, so I ordered her very own copy and gave it to her for her birthday last year and this was the present she got most excited about! It's still her favorite to this day. So adorable!
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On her first trip to the library, my four-year-old granddaughter asked for a book on monsters. So we looked 'em up and found "Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli" and took it home. She loved it and we've rechecked it out a couple of times. A great book to read to a toddler.
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This is a great book for the very young. This was purchased for a Kindergarten class, and by the look of it, that is right where it belongs. Older children may find it too easy or boring. The 2013-2014 Kinder class will enjoy this one immensely!
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Another book for the 4 year old grandson. Another book we both love and enjoy re-reading. This is a great book for the kids who are interested in monsters, and who isn't? Would highly recommend this book, and the vendor who's service was spot on.
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By A. Dash on January 26, 2010
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This book has great illustrations and is a fun book. The two year old I gave it to loved it. His parents have to read it to him at least 2 times before he goes to sleep.
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