Monster Mischief

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It's Halloween
and five monsters are brewing a savory Halloween stew. Each monster adds something special to the mixture — a juicy frog, a bat, a hairy spider. But when the littlest monster gets too curious and tips over the pot, the stew runs away! Little Moe is inconsolable (and very hungry!) until a knock on the door brings an unexpected guest — and a big Halloween surprise.

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It's Halloween
and five monsters are brewing a savory Halloween stew. Each monster adds something special to the mixture — a juicy frog, a bat, a hairy spider. But when the littlest monster gets too curious and tips over the pot, the stew runs away! Little Moe is inconsolable (and very hungry!) until a knock on the door brings an unexpected guest — and a big Halloween surprise.

With rollicking rhyme and glowing watercolors, Pamela Jane and Vera Rosenberry serve up a tasty holiday treat for readers of all ages.

When Little Moe accidentlly spills the monsters' brew leaving them with nothing to eat, an unexpected guest arrives with a big Halloween surprise.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After four fiends contribute live animals to a "monster stew," a baby imp tips their cauldron: "Spider, lizard, frog and bat / all hurried off, skedaddle-scat./ .../ On Halloween, for trick or treat,/ five monsters had no stew to eat." In low-contrast watercolors, Rosenberry (When Vera Was Sick) pictures the ungainly chefs with bloated torsos and clawlike toes. Jane, author of the Winky Blue series, predictably placates the hungry monsters with holiday sweets. Better mischief is brewing this season. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
"On Halloween, for trick or treat,/five monsters mixed a stew to eat./They mixed it in a garbage can/and laughed about their clever plan/for making monster stew." Each monster brings a creepy or crawly treat...a spotted frog, a spooky bat, a hairy spider, and a green lizard. Unfortunately, the curious small monster, Little Moe, arrives empty-handed and while climbing on a chair to see the creation, Moe spills the stew. All the goodies skedaddled into the night leaving five sad and hungry monsters. Suddenly there is a knock at the door announcing a sixth monster shouting "Trick or Treat" and carrying a huge bag of something even yummier than monster stew. Written in bouncy rhyme with glowing watercolors, this tale will capture the hearts of all who love the magic and mystery of Halloween. 2001, Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster, $ 16.00. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Two creatures come up with a plan to mix a batch of monster stew on Halloween night. The tale unfolds as the goofy-looking monsters come one by one to add their creepy ingredients to the mucky mixture. When little Moe peeks into the pot, he accidentally spills the brew, and the contents run away. But all is not lost-another monster arrives at the door with new and different treats-candy. Rosenberry's illustrations are playful and reminiscent of Pat Hutchins's art in The Very Worst Monster (Greenwillow, 1985), but less appealing. The plot is weak and not very exciting, but the rhyming verse and repetitive lines help to make the story more fanciful. If you are looking for additional material for a Halloween collection, this might be worth the shelf space; otherwise, skip it.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Yum! Spotted frog, hairy spider, lizard, bat-if not the stuff dreams are made on, then certainly the (un)savory contents of a Halloween monster stew! In this cute holiday rhyming story, four monsters gleefully contribute these morsels-still alive, by the way, and squirming in their garbage-can cooking pot-to what they expect will be a grand and festive treat. Enter Little Moe, a fifth monster who accidentally tips the cauldron over. Exit, in a big hurry, the writhing, slithering ingredients. What a monstrous predicament. Moe is most unhappy. Suddenly, another monster appears bearing-can you guess?-candy galore, and Halloween is saved. Jane's rhymes flow and read well, and the tale will appeal at holiday story times, but it's Rosenberry's (Who's in the Garden, p. 337, etc.) colorful, goofy monsters that are the most expressive, as are the erstwhile stew ingredients. Yum. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689804717
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    Fun Read!

    I was instantly drawn to this book by the happy cover page. The monsters are dancing cheerfully, and it offers a glimpse of what's to come. It¿s simple, but effective, and if you¿re looking for fun, non-scary Halloween books, the wide grinning, bee-bopping monsters with will set you curious. The text is amusing and colorful, and bounces throughout the pages. There are only 32-sentences in this book, so an attentive 3-years old will appreciate the tale. The illustrations are friendly and non-violent. Overall, a GREAT book that little pumpkins will enjoy at Halloween, or throughout the year!

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