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Horns, Tails, Spikes, and Claws
     

Horns, Tails, Spikes, and Claws

by J. Elizabeth Mills, Jef Czekaj (Illustrator)
 

A mix-and-match monster board book!

Flip the pages to create up to 125 different monsters!

HORNS, TAILS, SPIKES, AND CLAWS is a mix-and-match board book of monstrous proportions! Building off of the well-known song Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, this book explores all sorts of different monsters from top to bottom (and horns and claws and fangs and wings).

Overview


A mix-and-match monster board book!

Flip the pages to create up to 125 different monsters!

HORNS, TAILS, SPIKES, AND CLAWS is a mix-and-match board book of monstrous proportions! Building off of the well-known song Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, this book explores all sorts of different monsters from top to bottom (and horns and claws and fangs and wings). With die-cut pages throughout, readers can flip and mix monsters to create their ideal creature!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Who said an exquisite corpse has to be human? Readers can create mix and match monsters thanks to board book pages divided horizontally into thirds. Czekaj’s goofy cartoon creatures appear at right (one aquatic monster has a single eye, pink lips, dragon wings, and tentacles with paws), opposite Mills’s staccato descriptions (“Scales/ Flippers/ Fur/ Three Feet”). From vampire space robots with sneakers for antennae to a froglike woodland beastie with a striped shirt and slime trail, this is low-tech, high-appeal fun. Ages 3�5. (July)
From the Publisher

"From vampire space robots with sneakers for antennae to a froglike woodland beastie with a striped shirt and slime trail, this is low-tech, high-appeal fun." --Publisher's Weekly, STARRED, July 2012.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Other books from a variety of publishers have used this same approach where pages have been cut in thirds horizontally so you can flip and create a new picture. For this book, the focus is monsters, which are probably most appealing at Halloween. This shaped book opens with a monster who has all of the features specified in the title. Flip the bottom part of the page and you give this creature paws. The top part when turned creates a monster with one eyeball. According to the back cover "readers can create 125 monsters in this spectacular mix-and-match book!" Appropriate for some holiday fun and kids who get a kick out of monsters. Though in board book format, it is geared towards three to five-year-olds though they may find the outward appearance of the book to be babyish. The wacky, weird, and gross monsters on the inside will amuse. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
Youngsters can create a wacky assortment of monsters in this mix-and-match board book. Each creature is cut into thirds: head, mouth/arms/torso and tummy/legs, all of which can be flipped and swapped for several permutations of fun. The left page includes one- or two-word labels in a large font for each upper, middle or lower section, and on the right is a monster atop a color-coded background that lets readers know which creature they are looking at. The monsters are appealingly crazy-looking even before any inevitable mixing-up takes place. Among Czekaj's kooky and loose cartoons, there's a Sendak-like Wild Thing with tentacles, a one-eyed sea monster with wings and paws, and a fanged robot with legs for arms, along with two more mutants for readers to choose from. While the board-book format may strike some big kids as babyish, the cover and the content are goofy enough to attract and hold their interest. The pages turn relatively easily, and this design works better than the typical spiral binding often used for mix-and-match books. The back cover states that children can create 125 creatures, and aspiring Dr. Frankensteins will enjoy rising to the challenge. (Board book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545393850
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
10
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


J. Elizabeth Mills has written many books for children including The Spooky Wheels on the Bus. She lives in Seattle, Washington but you can visit her at www.jemills.com

Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, the author and illustrator of Cat Secrets, and an underground DJ. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. You can visit him at www.czekaj.com

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