Minerva the Monster

Minerva the Monster

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by Wednesday Kirwan
     
 

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Marvelous Minerva�s back�and more �monstrously� delightful than ever. When she first appeared in last year�s Nobody Notices Minerva, critics and children instantly took the irrepressible, irresistible Boston terrier to their hearts. Mischievous, playful, and more than a little bit naughty, she thoroughly embodied the lovable spirit of a toddler.
Now,

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Marvelous Minerva�s back�and more �monstrously� delightful than ever. When she first appeared in last year�s Nobody Notices Minerva, critics and children instantly took the irrepressible, irresistible Boston terrier to their hearts. Mischievous, playful, and more than a little bit naughty, she thoroughly embodied the lovable spirit of a toddler.
Now, Wednesday Kirwan has done it again, as Minerva dons a monster costume�and starts behaving like one, too. Whenever Mom asks her to eat her green beans or Dad tells her to put on her pajamas, she just growls and says that monsters don�t do that! But Minerva is about to find out that sometimes being a real child is better than being an imaginary beast.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
Minerva is a spunky young dog that likes to pretend. She decides that she is going to become a monster. She makes a mask with scary teeth and pointy horns. She growls at babies, stomps around the house, and pounces at the birds in the garden. When Minerva is asked to pick up her crayons, eat her beans, and take out the mail, she explains to her parents that monsters do not use crayons or take out the mail, and they do not eat beans. Later, when her family is playing a game, eating cookies, and listening to a bedtime story without her, Minerva begins to wonder if being a monster is so great after all. As her family enjoys the evening together, Minerva begins to miss her old life. She decides that she does not want to be a monster anymore, so she takes her mask off and becomes Minerva once again. Tomorrow maybe Minerva will become a tiger. This is a cute story about a mischievous dog that eventually realizes that being a puppy is sometimes better then being a beast. With vibrant illustrations and a spunky main character, children are sure to enjoy this book! Reviewer: Melissa Hower
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Minerva the Boston terrier (or, in this case, terror) is back. Having declared herself a monster at the start of the story, she makes a fearsome paper-plate mask and takes on a new persona. As a monster, Minerva says, she doesn't have to help with chores, eat green beans, or wear pajamas (the latter due to her thick monster fur). Although being a monster is liberating, it is also isolating: monsters don't play games, eat peanut butter cookies, or get tucked into bed. As in Nobody Notices Minerva (Sterling, 2007), the patience of her parents steers the rambunctious child toward making a decision that resolves the situation satisfactorily for all. Children will appreciate that Minerva is allowed her monster personality and then welcomed so readily back. The gouache and colored-pencil illustrations are crisp, bright, and full of mischief, much like Minerva herself. This book will be a hit with readers who already know the protagonist and a treat for those meeting her for the first time.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Minerva the lovable Boston terrier returns in this comforting story about the glories and limits of imagination. Minerva spends her day as a monster, complete with a scary purple mask with pointy monster horns and teeth, and just the right number of green spots. As a monster, she pounces, stomps, crashes and growls her way through the day. She does not mail letters, pick up her crayons, eat her beans or play Crazy Eights with the family. While Minerva enjoys most of her day as a monster, her patient and understanding parents gently remind her that life as a middle child in their family is just where she wants to be . . . and where they want her to be. Saturated gouache-and-pencil illustrations, especially those featuring the many expressive faces of the heroine, add a comedic touch to this empathetic tale. Little ones will understand the many moods of Minerva and will cheer her return to her warm family. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402757181
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Minerva the Monster 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sandraMN More than 1 year ago
Minerva is a very cute little monster, I mean tiger... reminds me of my boston :)