Professor LeGrand introduces thirteen mischievous monsters, including the Snit, Sissyfoo, and Thumple-haired Land Ant.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAdults and savvy young readers may recognize the influence of Seuss in this collection of poems. While Shortsleeve's rhymes and rhythmic scan are less sure than the master's, he rounds up a far-out clan of creatures that go bump in the night (and day) in this baker's dozen. His monsters range from everyday bogeymen such as the thieving Three-toed Albanian Snoring Sock Bat ("if in your dresser a nest is constructed,/ Keep count of your stockings so none are abducted") and the Whichwayawawa who can't decide on his destination at the ticket counter ("This scene can go on for a very long time,/ Making life rather grim for the next one in line"), to more alien beings (or are they?) like the Thumple-Haired Land Ants ("found only on Mars") who grab the whole family, "Fly down to Earth and rent an RV,/ Pull up at your door, and demand to have tea." First-timer Austin's illustrations have a surreal edginess, both in the style, typified by elongated shapes, skewed angles and contorted shadows, and in the intriguingly irradiated palette in shades of vermilion, Day-Glo yellow and black-light green (his three-headed "Ralph, Ed, and Joe" sporting a "Kiss the Cook" apron is a highlight). Despite the fact that readers are set up for a scare, silliness, rather than spookiness, prevails; the all-out goofiness may be a bit forced at times, but young readers will likely be entertained. Ages 6-10. (Sept.) FYI: Children can enter a nationwide contest by submitting a drawing of a monster reading a book; the winning illustration will be printed on a special bookmark, and the winner will receive a library of Peachtree titles, along with an autographed copy of 13 Monsters.
Children's Literature - Judy KatshProfessor LeGrand of LeGrand University has come to speak on "monster diversity" in this collection of not-too-scary monster poems. The dark, rich, oversize illustrations are wittily frightening and the poems are cleverly rhymed and linguistically grand. They feature such scary monsters as those who mess up your socks at night, get bad haircuts, and track mud on the carpet. Though maybe not the most original poetry outing, this collection of poems will spark a responsive chord in readers too squeamish for "real" monsters, but too old and worldly for the baby stuff.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6--Thirteen monsters are described, one per double-page spread, in rhyming verse. They are not fearsome creatures, as one might suspect from the title, but rather "mischievous" monsters who might abduct your socks (Three-toed Albanian Snoring Sock Bat) or stand indecisively on a line (the Whichwayawawa) or bite your behind for clipping its hair (a Hedge-Standing Snit). While the author tries to be humorous and inventive in a Dr. Seussian way, most of these monsters are actually too closely tied to the realities of everyday life (Mess Monsters--every household with kids has one!) to hold any interest. It is the eerie, incandescent glow to the illustrations that make the monsters scary. Be they green, purple, or yellow, the hot colors pervade each demented scene where only parts of the creatures are seen. The children are also depicted in these fiendish colors making them look almost as sickly or as frightful as the fleshy, hairy, or skeletal monsters shown. The annoyingly exaggerated scenarios, both verbal and visual, are to be avoided at all cost.--Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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- 9.44(w) x 12.38(h) x 0.52(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 10 Years
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