If You're a Monster and You Know It

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A brand-new monster twist on a classic song by Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley and his daughter, Rebecca Emberley.

Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on "If You're Happy and You Know It." Rebecca Emberley has written a rollicking text, which she has illustrated in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley. Includes a fun sing-along song by Adrienne ...

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A brand-new monster twist on a classic song by Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley and his daughter, Rebecca Emberley.

Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on "If You're Happy and You Know It." Rebecca Emberley has written a rollicking text, which she has illustrated in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley. Includes a fun sing-along song by Adrienne Emberley which can be downloaded at www.scholstic.com/ifyouramonsterandyouknowit

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This father-daughter team builds on the winning formula of 2009's There Was an Old Monster with a silly spin on another familiar song. In digital illustrations, flamboyant angular monsters--composed of patterned geometric shapes with tentacles, teeth, and horns galore--follow the directives of the lyrics, which open with, "If you're a monster and you know it, snort and growl." The wild-eyed creatures, whose neon hues pop from the black backgrounds, subsequently smack their claws, stomp their paws, twitch their tails, wiggle their warts, and roar--and you can bet kids will be doing the same. A final, foldout spread shows the cast doing all of these things simultaneously. Between the spreads devoted to each verse are closeups of the monsters engaged in each activity, which both creates extra time for audience growling, wiggling, and roaring, and helps stretch the song to 32 pages. Like the previous book, readers can download the song, performed by Adrian Emberley (Rebecca's daughter and Ed's granddaughter), from Scholastic's Web site. This playful read-aloud is sure to energize story time. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Nancy Baumann
Brilliantly-colored and uniquely-shaped monsters dancing through the pages provide an opportunity for young children to sing and dance to the familiar tune, "If You're Happy And You Know It." Replacing their human parts for monster parts, children will enjoy turning their hands into claws and feet into paws while snarling and growling. The vivid text explodes over the pages reflecting the monsters' raucous behavior. Action words such as stomp, snort, twitch, and smack create a boisterous atmosphere for young mini-monsters. Preschoolers through second graders will express pleasure in practicing roaring, smacking, stomping, twitching, snorting, and growling. Children will delight in the foldout page at the end which creates a monster panorama. Use this title with young children who want to read about monsters but don't want to be scared. Librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can help children with the wiggles by acting out this book with them. A variety of instructional opportunities involving vocabulary, colors, movement, and art projects make this a fun and versatile choice for story hour and reading at home. Reviewer: Nancy Baumann
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Children will love this book. Set to the familiar tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It," this rendition has a downloadable CD, performed by Adrian Emberley, on the publisher's website. The exceptionally bright, digitally created monsters are set against a black background, which makes them almost 3-D in appearance. Each verse appears in an easy-to-read font and in a variety of colors that show up clearly on the dark page. The Emberleys have a knack for creating wonderfully creepy creatures. Though wacky, some with four eyes, pointy teeth, and sharp claws, they are not too scary for even the youngest child. Kids will be only too willing to pretend to be monsters and follow along to "snort and growl," "twitch your tail," and "wriggle your warts," as instructed, in order to prove their monsterness. The last page states, "Now, do it again...," and that will be no problem.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews

In this rollicking interpretation of "If You're Happy and You Know It," brightly colored, digitally created monsters à la Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley's Big Scary Green one run amok, wriggling and roaring, stomping and twitching! The never-frightening creatures are rendered in eye-popping psychedelic colors against a flat black background and feature horns, antennae, claws, teeth and any number of eyes. It's a family affair: The father-daughter pair cleverly interprets the text with lots of satisfying onomatopoeia and monstrous movements, while Rebecca Emberley's daughter, performing songwriter Adrian Emberley, provides an online version available for download. Monsters are instructed to snort and growl, smack their claws, stomp their paws, twitch their tails and perform other monster-appropriate activities on command, and it's impossible not to picture young children dancing along to the dynamic beat, with glee. Not for a quiet storytime but great for nursery and school groups or lively one-on-one reading, this will be a favorite with adults and children alike, allowing for both imaginative play and a raucous but structured outpouring of energy. Roar roar!(Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545218290
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 343,771
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

REBECCA EMBERLEY is a bestselling creator of many books for children, including THERE WAS AN OLD MONSTER, CHICKEN LITTLE, THE RED HEN, Piñata, and a series of bilingual English/Spanish books. She lives on the east coast, when not traveling the world, finding inspiration in even the smallest of places.

ED EMBERLEY is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than 75 books for children, including There Was an Old Monster, Chicken Little and Go Away, Big Green Monster! His numerous awards include a Caldecott Medal, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Caldecott Honor, and Art Books for Children Citation. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Great fun

    My 4 year old daughter had a great time roaring, twitching her tail, stomping her paws, etc. like a monster. Lots of fun and laughs.

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