Monster Lunch

Monster Lunch

by Pat Skene, Graham Ross
     
 

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In Monster Lunch we dine with Frankenstein, attend a burgoo and a birthday party, meet a grumpy garden dude and slurp hot zoop. Each poem is followed by an interview with the main character or fascinating facts about food. This collection of yummy, yucky, messy and hot rhyming stories is bursting with rhythmical fun.

Overview

In Monster Lunch we dine with Frankenstein, attend a burgoo and a birthday party, meet a grumpy garden dude and slurp hot zoop. Each poem is followed by an interview with the main character or fascinating facts about food. This collection of yummy, yucky, messy and hot rhyming stories is bursting with rhythmical fun.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Children's Book News
"Rhyming poems are paired with an interview with the main character or a serving of fascinating food facts. Black-and-white art appears in this collection crafted around a most clever premise."
The Bookmark (BCTLA)
"The colourful cover and numerous illustrations should attract independent readers while teachers could use indiviual poems...Recommended."
Northumberland Today
"Offering (among other treats) a good-nutrition update on some old Mother Goose poems, Frankenstein's idea of a good feed, and an introduction to the concept of burgoo."
CM Magazine
"Skene's poems and information are enjoyable reads, both funny and informative. They can be read as a book, or poem by poem as time permits; these would be great in a classroom for when the teacher has a few free minutes (before the bell rings or otherwise). Highly recommended."
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"A compilation of six funny, story length rhyming poems...The poems are well-written and fun to read aloud."
Tucson Unified School District
"A book of six silly poems that students will love to read...Fun and simple to read. Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551439419
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

The whole thing started in my bowl,

when I sat down to lunch.

I love zoo crackers in my soup,

so I threw in a bunch.

They floated in my noodle soup.

My bowl looked like a zoo.

And then I heard them calling me,

"Hey, you there, Soozy Q.!"

Meet the Author

If you ask Pat to share memorable career moments, you won't hear much about her 25 year banking career as vice-president at CIBC in Toronto. Instead, you'll hear about the children gathered at Pat's feet as she tells them stories. Several years ago, Pat left corporate life to pursue her passion for writing. And now—she's a story inventor! She has written over 60 articles and stories for children and adults, and is widely published in newspapers and magazines.

In her new life as an author and storyteller, Pat often visits schools and libraries to spin her tales. Children enjoy the variety of dramatic shawls that she wears during her storytelling sessions; each one is specially designed to compliment the story being told. Pat loves to write in rhyme—seamlessly meshing together the elements of delicious poetry, story excitement and all those fascinating facts kids just need to know!

Pat lives in Cobourg, Ontario where she writes a syndicated newspaper story page for children. She is also the author of award-winning picture book, The Whoosh of Gadoosh, Illumination Arts, Bellevue WA 2002. Pat is a member of CANSCAIP and The Writer's Union of Canada. She enjoys hearing from her readers and can be reached at pat.skene@sympatico.ca.

Look! Look what I've done!! The words of an eight year old as he holds up the drawing of a vibrant red fire engine. Oh Graham, that's wonderful.

Really? Oh this is good. You draw a picture and you get a reaction. I could get into this! And so it began. The seed was planted, further watered by bedtime rituals of propping pillows up against his bedroom wall getting into bed to get lost in a family member's reading of The Wind in the Willows.

An unintended lesson learned through those readings that our intrepid illustrator still calls upon in his illustration work is that the viewer will take different things from the illustration and he will add elements to the illustration that may go over some heads, but others will catch them and smile. There's always something to look at.

A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Graham thought he would stick around the big smoke and in addition to his work as a designer at Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart, he would also cultivate his Flock of Seagulls hair style and work on his dance floor moves. But alas soon follicles started to recede and shoulder pads deflated, so Graham moved back to his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario to contemplate his next career move.

It was in Ottawa that Graham began his freelance illustration and graphic design career. A career that has spawned illustrations for such publishers as Orca Book Publishers, Scholastic Canada, and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous Canadian government agencies and private design firms.

He lives in Merrickville, Ontario with a circus star family: his juggling wife, a helldriver daughter, a canine cannonball, and a fire breathing cat.

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