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The Monsters' Monster Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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What happens when said monster comes out all sugar sweet and with the cutest little lisp and the horrified monster trio thinks they've failed until their monster escapes from the castle and heads toward town? Well, you'll just have to read the book!
My 3 kids (age 3, 5 and 7) love this book. We read it in the car while waiting for Hailey and it's definitely one that will be staying on my shelves! It's a perfect lead into to Halloween, overnighters, birthday parties, and just for fun.
I was given a copy of The Monsters' Monster to read and review on Classic Children's Books. No money exchanged hands and I was not required to write a positive review.
Once, some where, during some time there lived in a large big and scary castle three little monsters who thought themselves the biggest, baddest monsters to be found! They argued constantly who was the baddest of three. Who could complain the loudest? Who was the most miserable? Who could throw the most terrible tantrums? The argument went on and on. One day they decided to build a MONSTERS' monster...the biggest and baddest monster of all in order to end their argument.
At this point they gathered wire, old shoes, smelly old socks, gunk, gauze, goo, staples, tape and tacks with a bit of glue and began their project.
At this point folks...thin Frankenstein!
Well they got the MONSTER built finally and when the lightening hit...guess what? IT'S ALIVE!
Of course things don't work out quite like our three little monsters thought it would but I am not going to tell you what happened because I hate spoilers. Suffice to say that there are lessons to be learned!
This book is the ideal Halloween read for the little ones. It is nonthreatening, not scary and you will get more giggles than screams when you read this one to your child or grandchild.
The art work is pure McDonnell and a delight to they eye. While the text well tells the tale, it is filled with action words with plenty of bangs, crashes and smashes...all in good fun.
When all is said and done there is not much to not like about this read and it most certainly belongs on the book shelf on any child.
Three little monsters, Grouch (who has a horn), Grump (who is hairy), and Gloom'n'Doom (two-headed) throw tantrums, say "no!", and fight with one other all the time.
Like some children I seem to remember, they are very bad ... but not as bad as they aspire to be. Resourcefully, they build themselves a bigger monster in hopes he will do their dirtier work for them.
Only - spoiler alert -- it doesn't go as planned.
When a lightning bolt brings the Frankenstein-like monster to life, he looks around in wonder says, "Dank you! Dank you! Dank you!" then goes on to become about the most delightful monster in the history of literature. I won't spoil the rest, but I will say powdered sugar doughnuts, seagulls and the glistening ocean figure into the denouement.
McDonnell, who draws the Mutts comic strip in much the same understated, white-spacious style used here, won a Caldecott Honor for his highly original biography of Jane Goodall earlier this year. Both books share the underlying theme that the world darned well ought to be marveled at and appreciated, but the Halloween book takes the cake on kid-appeal.
Thoughtful, emotionally meaningful to a child, surprising and funny - "The Monster's Monster" is what a picturebook is supposed to be.