Mommy's Little Monster

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Tiny Troll throws a GIANT tantrum when Mommy goes out! What will soothe her little monster?

Tiny Troll loves his mommy. More than puddles. More than earwigs. But tonight, Mommy is going to a party, and Mrs. Hag is coming to babysit.

"I'm NOT a baby!" Tiny Troll wails, then refuses to give Mommy a kiss ...

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Tiny Troll throws a GIANT tantrum when Mommy goes out! What will soothe her little monster?

Tiny Troll loves his mommy. More than puddles. More than earwigs. But tonight, Mommy is going to a party, and Mrs. Hag is coming to babysit.

"I'm NOT a baby!" Tiny Troll wails, then refuses to give Mommy a kiss good-bye.

What a little monster!

He tosses his toys and THUMP-THUMP-THUMPS his tail and throws a great big tantrum. Nothing could stop him from crying. Except...

Was that warm mudmilk he smelled?

His mommy almost never let him have mudmilk!

An adorable storybook about those special (and a little bit scary) nights when Mommy goes out, the surprise delights a beloved babysitter (or grandma) can bring, and that magical, sleepy-time moment when Mommy comes back home -- with party treats!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—When Mother Troll puts on her clodhoppers and pondweed cloak to go out for a party, Tiny Troll knows she's "the prettiest mommy ever," and when Mrs. Hag arrives to babysit, his tantrums set in. But a "mugful of mudmilk" in the "swamproom" and a grand storybook make his crying go away. When mom comes home, she brings him a lovely bag of worms and tucks him in gently. McNiff misses no opportunity for creative language celebrating monster culture; Mommy slimes her scales and curls her bristles. Willis-Crowley keeps the pace with enchanting scenes of affection, balanced with background details like a cupboard with Essence of Bog and Leech Treacle. Her cartoon watercolor, gouache, and pen and pencil illustrations depict a homey cave, complete with a googly-eyed headboard and itchy mats. This is one of those rare books that make children and adults get giggly.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Tiny Troll does all he can to keep his beloved mommy from going out and leaving him with a sitter. McNiff's entertaining text convincingly conveys the mercurial wave of emotions a toddler troll experiences when his mother's time and attention are about to be taken away. Whining at the announcement that she is attending a party "only for grown-ups" leads to his clinging to her as she paints her claws, waxes her tail and rubs "slime into her scales." Once she is ready, "Tiny Troll took one look at his mommy and loved her so much he nearly popped!" But off she must go, and his adoration quickly turns to rejection and then a full-out temper tantrum that subsides into tears. Kindly Mrs. Hag coaxes him out of his despair with mugs of mudmilk and a good story. Soon, the red-and-white-striped-pajama–clad monster succumbs to bedtime. Wise preschoolers will relate to the young monster's passionate reactions while eagerly poring over the gross yet silly details in the watercolor, gouache, pen and pencil illustrations. All ends well as Mommy wakes Tiny Troll with a kiss good night and a gift of his favorite treat--"a bag of rotten worms." The just-right blend of drama and humor--all from a juvenile troll's point of view--results in a story sure to elicit giggles, delighted screams of "eww" and plenty of happy-ending "aww"s. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545480574
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,373,623
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.24 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Dawn McNiff has worked as an advertising copywriter and a grief counselor, though her favorite job by far was working in a children's bookshop. She has an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University in Somerset, England, and she lives in Gloucestershire with her two teen daughters and Gooner, their big, bad dog.

Kate Willis-Crowley studied fine art at Reading University and completed her masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London. In addition to illustrating MOMMY'S LITTLE MONSTER, she is the author-artist of MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB and JACK AND JILL (both Hodder). She lives by the seaside in Ramsgate, England, with her cheeky little son, her tall bearded husband, and too many cats. Visit her website at

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    Reviewed by Avery, age 9 How much fun it must be to be a baby mo

    Reviewed by Avery, age 9
    How much fun it must be to be a baby monster! This book is about a baby monster troll whose mom is going out for the evening and will have a babysitter for the night. Tiny Troll pouts and pulls on his mommy and even refuses to kiss his mom goodbye. But, it is just because he loves his mommy so much he doesn’t want her to leave. After his mom leaves, he throws a lot of temper tantrums and Mrs. Hag, the babysitter, is very patient with him and tries to make him feel better by offering him his favorite drink, warm mudmilk and reading him a bedtime story. He pouts and pouts and cries for his mommy while calling her a mean mommy. He then smells something yummy and goes to see what it is. Mrs. Hag has made fresh warm mudmilk and Tiny Troll wants to know if it will make him stop crying.
    “Does mudmilk make crying go away?”
    This is a very cute book and great for all ages. The artwork is very unique and the little troll is so adorable!
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*         
    *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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