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

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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 ...

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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.

A guide to choosing and caring for your own pet monster, which includes useful information such as "monsters love country western music" and "monsters love to buy gum."

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066238227
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 288,912
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give . . . series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.

Laura Numeroff, autora de numerosos libros para niños, entre los que se incluye la conocida serie Si le das . . . , The Chicken Sister y Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. Vive en Los Angeles, California, donde le encanta montar a caballo, leer biografías y jugar con sus mascotas. Parte de las regalías obtenidas por este libro serán donadas a First Book, una organización nacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el amor por la lectura.

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.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Very cute! My five year old sister got this book from the librar

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    Wonderful!

    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.

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