Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster

Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster

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by Laura Numeroff, Nate Evans
     
 

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Is your monster misbehaving?
Is he eating your favorite shirts?
Is he using your hairbrush to clean his teeth?
Is he annoying your family on car trips?
Never fear those monster mishaps again!

Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, the world's leading experts on monsters and the mischief they make, have created the ultimate 10-Step Guide to Living With

Overview

Is your monster misbehaving?
Is he eating your favorite shirts?
Is he using your hairbrush to clean his teeth?
Is he annoying your family on car trips?
Never fear those monster mishaps again!

Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, the world's leading experts on monsters and the mischief they make, have created the ultimate 10-Step Guide to Living With Your Monster.

A portion of the proceeds from Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide To Living With Your Monster will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Numeroff and Evans provide a carefully and comically outlandish outline to the parameters of monster (aka pet) ownership. To illustrate their advice, they focus on one relationship between a boy and a monster, from the first step the purchase itself at a kind of monster animal shelter ("Do not pick one who grabs you and starts to eat your shirt") to the 10th step, managing tuck-in time ("Counting sheep will make him hungry"). Evans emphasizes the monster's girth with full-bleed pictures of him nearly spilling off the page. Festooned with a host of goofily grotesque features polka-dotted belly, striped tail and nose horn, blue hair the monster, with his bright, happy eyes and avid grin, brings to mind an oversize, eager-to-please dog (children will also gleefully note the monster's fondness for red sneakers and a beanie cap). Numeroff's poker-face prose makes the perfect foil for these visual hijinks. In Step 5, she soberly advises, "Do not play fetch with your monster. Save this for your dog or little brother," while Evans shows the monster running after a ball, then returning to his owner with not only the ball, but the entire tree in which it landed. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Laura Numeroff, the author of "If you give a mouse a cookie" has done it again. She has created an enchanting guide on living with a monster, which will delight children (and adults, too). The book will give you guidelines to teach your monster to sit, take a bath, and even give him a name. This delightful book will teach children how to follow directions (albeit imaginary ones), in a particular order. The witty and colorful illustrations which show children how to give a bath, to the outside cover with quotes form people like, Dr. Ken WeeKeepim show the creativity of this book. The monsters inside of the book are anything but scary, (even the one who tries to eat the child's shirt), and after reading this book any monster owner will know better ways to care for his pet. This book will make you smile, and it will be one that children will want to repeat again and again. 2002, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This silly picture book lacks the playful segues of Numeroff's "If You " series and the visual charm of Felicia Bond's illustrations. Two-, three-, and four-page "steps" enumerate the dos and don'ts of adopting and caring for an imaginary multicolored playmate. Evans's eager green monster with purple polka dots will make preschoolers giggle. Its puppy kidlike qualities (crying at the doctor's office, dutifully fetching the whole tree rather than the ball lodged in a branch, playing with a ducky in the tub) and the bedtime closing-reading your monster to sleep and kissing him good night-are touching. But with all the excitement of domesticating a monster, you'd think the paintings and prose would be a bit less stiff.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780066238227
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,174,926
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

A New York Times bestselling children's book author, Laura Numeroff is best known for the series based on her book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Other favorites in the series include If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, which was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months—nine weeks at number one; If You Give a Pig a Pancake, which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show three times and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club; and If You Give a Dog a Donut, If You Give a Pig a Party, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, as well as many other favorites.

When not writing, Laura takes French lessons, reads to children in hospitals, and considers herself a book and movie fanatic. She is also an avid animal lover.

Nate Evans wanted to be a secret agent, a firefighter, or a magician when he was a kid. But he also loved to read and write. Now he has thirty-five children's books to his credit, including the New York Times bestsellers Ponyella and The Jellybeans and the Big Dance, both cowritten with Laura Numeroff, and the series Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective, an IndieBound "Inspired Recommendation for Kids." He also illustrated Laura Numeroff's 10-step Guide to Living With Your Monster, among others.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Brentwood, California
Date of Birth:
July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
Website:
http://www.lauranumeroff.com

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Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute! My five year old sister got this book from the library, and loved it. A good book to read during October (Halloween) to a child. I need to go to the store and buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this story for my three year old son who was very afraid of monsters. Now he knows monsters don't have to be scary! He loves this book. The pictrues in this story are fabulous.