A World Full of Monsters

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grandparents were growing up...
there weren't any electric lights,
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there weren't many big machines...
But there were monsters!

And lucky thing there were, for in that funny, old-fashioned world, monsters really...

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Overview

A long time ago, when my grandparents'
grandparents were growing up...
there weren't any electric lights,
there weren't any cars,
there weren't many big machines...
But there were monsters!

And lucky thing there were, for in that funny, old-fashioned world, monsters really kept things running. They fed the pigs on the farm and put out fires in the city. In school you might have sat next to a monster, or even have been taught by one. Monsters were everywhere! And ... no one was afraid of them.

First published in 1986, A World Full of Monsters returns to provide bedtime comfort for a new generation. John Troy McQueen has spun a unique modern fable that explains away the bumps in the night that worry every child. Marc Brown's illustrations are full of the appealing characters, attention to detail, and gentle humor that have made him a household name.

A little boy explains away the noise of the night by telling himself a story about a world full of friendly monsters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kids learn to greet their fears with a hearty howdy-do in A World Full of Monsters (1986) by John Troy McQueen, illus. by Marc Brown. Brown's humorous illustrations portray monsters as local firefighters, farmers and ballerinas. "When you saw one, you just said, `Hi, Monster,' and kept on walking." (HarperCollins, $15.95 32p ages 4-up ISBN 0-06-029769-7; Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Narrated by a young boy, this story treats monsters matter of factly. Long before electric light bulbs and cars were invented, there were monstersmonster children and monster adults. Citified or countrified, monsters existed in every profession (police and mayors), monsters doing every type of chore, and monsters playing every kind of sport (yes, even bowling). Men, women and children when passing a monster merely said, ``Hi.'' Now, in modern times, the narrator describes bumps and squeaks in the night and knows the noises are just the monsters stopping in to say hello. Brown's pictures of the coexistence of people and monsters in the ``olden days'' are, like the text, suitably droll. This reassuring idea turns monsters into friendly fellow beings. (4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Kids learn to greet their fears with a hearty howdy-do in A World Full of Monsters (1986) by John Troy McQueen, illus. by Marc Brown. Brown's humorous illustrations portray monsters as local firefighters, farmers and ballerinas. "When you saw one, you just said, `Hi, Monster,' and kept on walking." (HarperCollins, $15.95 32p ages 4-up ISBN 0-06-029769-7; Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
McQueen takes the wee ones back generations, before cars and electric lights, when there were monsters everywhere. They were policemen, mayors, garbage men, firemen, train conductors, farmers, athletes and artists. Of course today there aren't many monsters. But the author suggests that children are often right when they think there might be a monster in the house. When the wind blows and "tree branches" scratch on the windows, children are correct that there really is a monster out there¾washing the windows. Or that scratching noise the "cat" supposedly makes, children should instantly recognize as a monster sound¾a maid monster sweeping the floor. So, when children hear those strange noises in the night and think a monster might come into their room, they should do what their great-great-grandparents did all those years ago when they ran into monsters everywhere they went. Say, "Hi, Monster," and smile at them; then, go back to sleep. Lots of repetition and a simple vocabulary make this under 200-word book easy to handle for beginning readers. Illustrations by Marc Brown (the Arthur author) are playful and non-threatening, the way this species of monster should be. 2001 (orig. 1986), HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Chris Gill<%ISBN%>0060297697
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 A welcome addition to satisfy the never-ending demand for ``monster'' books. Seated on his grandmothers's lap, a little boy tells of monsters long ago when his great-great grandparents lived. In the Victorian era of bicycles, candles, and water pumps, monsters and people mixed and mingled, and shared a similar way of life. Brown's rendition of the Victorian era is accurate and provides visual insight and information about the times. Illustrations are detailed, boldly colored, and humorous. The little boy draws readers back to the present when he tells them that monsters are almost nonexistent today, except at nighttime when they wash the windows (``screech, screech''), repair the clock (``tick, tick''), sweep the floor (``scratch, scratch''), fix the faucet (``drip, drip''), and smile a friendly smile when you say, ``Hi, Monster!'' before going back to sleep. McQueen's approach to a child's fear of monsters is as funny as Mayer's You're the Scaredy Cat (Four Winds, 1974), but more subtle and sensitive. Author and illustrator explain away the noises of the night, reassuring children that these noises are not to be feared. A clever approach to a timeless topic. Janice Amicone, Downingtown Area School District, Uwchland, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060297695
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 HARPER
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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