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One Hungry Monster : A Counting Book in Rhyme Board Book Board book – April 1, 2001

4.3 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Monster fans can count up to 10 with One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. The expressions on the boy and on the monsters bring this book to life. Once the boy assembles all 10 ravenous beasts, he brings out different amounts of food (including "5 pickled pears"), allowing readers to count to 10 again.

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Ages 2-5. This board book has all the jollity and mischief of the original 1989 picture book. The adventures begin with one hungry monster beneath the bed, ready to be fed. Then two monsters chew up sneakers, and so on, up to 10. A young boy tries to keep his mischievous guests under control, but it's a losing battle as they make their way through the house in search of food. Rollicking rhymes describe the action as the little dickenses slide down banisters, swing from chandeliers, and wreak havoc in the kitchen. They won't be appeased until all 10 are seated at the table being served by the boy--one jug of juice, two loaves of bread, etc. The boy's exasperation is clearly evident in the comical illustrations, which are just quirky enough to keep everything from being too cute. Shelley Townsend Hudson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st Board Book Edition edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316608041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316608046
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A few years ago, I borrowed this book (the complete version) from the library and it quickly became a favorite of my 2 sons. Being their fav, I memorized the whole rhyme and even told it to one of their preschool classes on Halloween. They both asked for the story all the time so when my daughter was born, I knew that I would soon be telling it to her also. When I found it in a board edition I thought I had struck gold! I received my shipment today and was pleased as punch. The first thing I did was sit down with my daughter to pass down a much loved story, until I got near the end of the book and it ended before the actual story was over!!! I was so disappointed in this version and so were my sons! Good thing I know the complete story by heart. The original, full version would get a 5 star rating from me.
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I don't know how Max (two and a half years old) came up with the idea of monsters. All of a sudden they were there, and he was as scared as only little kids can be. In the evening, he looked at the window with big wide eyes and whispered, "Papa, dark. Monsters!" I said, "No, Max. There are no monsters. They're all asleep. The monsters make night-night when it gets dark. Just like you." Not much use. Five minutes later he asked in a low voice, "Papa, monsters?" "No, Max . . ."
Since I could not simply shoo the monsters away, I decided to invite them in. The first guest was "One Hungry Monster." In fact, there appear ten little monsters in the course of the story; and a little boy who tries to keep the monsters from licking at paintings, hanging from chandeliers and other acrobatics in their search for something to eat. The monsters are cuddly, furry creatures with cute bulging eyes. Illustrator Lynn Munsinger makes them look rather lost and helpless in their greedy search for crackers, with just the right touch of mischievousness. By Max's definition they are "naughty." Essentially, they are doing most of the things he is not allowed to do. Max thinks that is rather funny, and he laughs out loud at their antics.
The morning after introducing "One Hungry Monster" (and its nine friends) to Max, he inquired eagerly, "Papa, monsters?" And dad said, "Yes, Max, you can see the monsters. I get you the monster book. But don't forget to eat your breakfast . . ."
I love this book!
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I had bought this book for my kids years ago and loved it. I wanted to buy a fresh new copy for my grandchildren. I love the "chunky" book style for little kids, but this version is missing 1/3 of the original story. And that is some of the best parts! Maybe I missed something in the description that mentioned this. I don't know. But I will be looking for another copy with everything. .
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This is one of my all time favorite children's picture book to read! I bought it to have on hand one day when I get to be a grandma. :D The cardboard book is best because it's geared toward toddlers & preschoolers. It's full of rhythmic silly rhymes and bright artwork.
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My 3 year old does not ask me to read this book to him ever. For some reason he is not into it. Some of they rhyming uses words that most younger children would not understand. The illustrations in the book are the best part of the book. I would recommend for those learning to count.
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My LO likes to count objects while she's reading (I hold her hand and we count up all the objects in the picture together). I love monsters. So basically this book entertains us both. It's humorous and cute.
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Feeling really mad - ordered THREE of these books new - a favorite of all three of my now grown children. Bought them so they could read to their children as I did to them. Only to find out upon delivery - one third of the book had been taken out - and that was the favorite part that made my children giggle and laugh. I feel like this was misrepresented as the book I read so many times to my children. Not happy!!
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This is one of my favorite kids rhyming books. I stumbled upon this book at a local library and ended up buying it. It's a fantastic book with great pictures, reads fast at bedtime, and you don't mine rereading numerous times to your kids which they request over and over. I love to buy this book for new moms. There are deleted pages from the small board book verus the larger library book.
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