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Welcome to Monster Town (Christy Ottaviano Books) Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreS-K–Heshka seems to have spent all of his creative energy on the color-saturated, full-bleed renderings of monsters going about daily tasks, to the detriment of the brief text. The book is supposed to chronicle the activities of Monster Town's citizens from dawn to dusk, but the single sentences per spread are either hokey one-liners, some of which will fly over kids' heads–“The ghost writers cover the news”–or flat, uninteresting statements. Kids, though, will likely be entertained just by browsing through the acrylic and collage images, reminiscent of cartoon styles of the 1940s and 1950s and spooky in a kid-friendly sort of way. Definitely an additional purchase.Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The work day in Monster Town begins, logically, at night. With the kiddies packed into their Ghoul Bus (those headlights look more like skull-lights), the adults who run the monstrous metropolis trod off to their dead-end—and that's a good thing!—jobs. Heshka has a blast with the concept, fitting each classic monster's traits with the occupation to which it is best suited. The nonrhyming text keeps it simple: The ghost writers cover the news. Dr. Cyclops is the resident eye doctor. Wolfman Jacques gets ready to snip 'n' cut at the barbershop. Heshka even distills a child's point of view on the suited-and-tied masses slugging down the sidewalk to work—they're zombies, of course. Each double-page spread splashes the undulating uglies with the garish primary colors of old-school drive-in movie posters. Adults tickled at the homages will appreciate the in-jokes, too: when Postmaster Skeleton delivers the monster mail, the scattered letters include such addressees as Lorre, Chaney, and Rathbone. Perfectly pitched for Halloween read-alouds. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are clever little nuggets scattered throughout (e.g., I loved the fact that the Wolfman is the town's barber, or check out the eye chart on Dr. Cyclops' wall), and this book should be just as entertaining to adults as it will be to kids.
This release is a thin hardback, but at this price it's a bargain.
Heshka's colorful, sweeping style is a pure joy to behold and this book is going to be a permanent resident on our coffee table as it always brings a big smile to my face.
Highly Recommended (and a kudos to Amazon for their lightning quick service).