It's a Monster Party!

It's a Monster Party!

by Charles Fuge, Tasha Pym
     
 

Best-selling artist Charles Fuge (Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball and I Know a Rhino) is back with a sunny, funny book that shows kids how to celebrate differences and diversity. When bright, happy illustrations of wildly imaginative creatures combine with a text in lilting rhyme, the result is one party no child will want to miss.
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Best-selling artist Charles Fuge (Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball and I Know a Rhino) is back with a sunny, funny book that shows kids how to celebrate differences and diversity. When bright, happy illustrations of wildly imaginative creatures combine with a text in lilting rhyme, the result is one party no child will want to miss.
Look up in the sky, and see the balloons fly; to places far and wide, they'll carry party invitations from Blot and Og. And soon the wonderful wacky monsters come, from every planet in the universe and in all colors, shapes, and sizes.
Here are the Chucks, all chubby and green, with round red noses;
purple Jloops, with trunks as long as an elephant;
snake-like Grolligs with long white beards.
Can they all be friends? Yes they can! Because they quickly understand; meeting each other is the most beautiful thing of all.
As kids laugh at the funny pictures and happily repeat the rhymes, they'll also learn a valuable lesson in friendship and tolerance--a lesson that's more important now than ever.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two bored monsters, so ugly they're cute, stare out of the window at their bleak and barren planet and bemoan the fact that it's just "Another day" in Blogsville. Diminutive blue Og, with a rhino's horn and pointed ears, and reptilian gold-hued Blot, who sports green polka dots and a long tail, decide to brighten things up by throwing a party. They send out invitations promising, "The sky will be pink!... and filled with guitars! Streamers and hooplas will loop over the stars!..." Balloons deliver the invitations to a crew of neon-hued invitees who thrill at the prospect of such a shindig. Meanwhile, Og frets, "What if guests actually come?"- the hosts cannot make good on the invitation's promises. Yet Blot assures him, "Don't worry,... They won't come." They do, of course, and inquire about the pink sky and guitars, but Og simplistically answers, "Who needs all those made-up things when there's Blot and me... and all of you?!" The stumbling, intermittently rhyming narrative amplifies the message: "One by one, they began to see that much more amazing than flying guitars, hooplas over stars, or koogabazoos... would be making new friends and how-do-you-dos!" Those who don't mind a trumpeted moral also may enjoy the over-the-top spread of a confetti-filled night of merrymaking as Fuge's brassy cast of characters gathers 'round the campfire. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Nothing ever happens in Blogsville and faced with the prospect of another dull day, Blot and Og imagine a fantastic party. So they send balloon invitations over the mountain. "The sky will be pink!" they wrote, "and filled with guitars! Streamers and hooplas will loop over the stars! Whojammacallits and Widjammiffoos will zoom round on clouds playing koogabazoos." The Chucks, Jloops, Vrinks, Twisums, and Grolligs were all excited to receive an invitation. Meanwhile, back in Blogsville, Blot and Og were beginning to worry. If anyone actually came, there would be nothing magical! But all the monsters did come and were baffled that nothing special was happening. When Blot and Og saw the size of the group and all the amazing monster colors, they realized that you do not need to have made-up things to have a party. There is magic in having friends! Brightly colored and creative monsters spill across the pages inviting readers to take a close look. Young children are sure to enjoy such a delightful tale. 2003, Sterling Publishing Co, Ages 4 to 8.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Blot and Og hope to liven up their barren, dull planet of Blogsville by throwing a party. The two monsters release balloon invitations promising an extravagant gala with "a bright pink sky filled with guitars," "streamers and hooplas looped over the stars," and "Whojammacallits and Widjammifoos zooming round on the clouds playing koogabazoos." Og begins to worry because the only decoration they have is a "sad-looking flower," but Blot assures him that no guests will come. However, purple woolly Jloops, winged Twisums, and bearded Grolligs arrive en mass expecting a spectacular event. Og calms the crowd by simply pointing out that "making new friends and how-do-you-dos" is much more amazing than "all those made-up things." While the text is formulaic and repetitive, Fuge's colorfully imaginative illustrations make these lonely creatures endearing.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402704291
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.74(w) x 12.14(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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