Monster Night at Grandma's House

Monster Night at Grandma's House

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by Richard Peck, Don Freemen
     
 

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Two world-renowned children's book creators, Richard Peck and Don Freeman, collaborated on this picture book-the evocative tale of a boy who takes on the monster lurking in his grandma's home. This was one of Don Freeman's last books-after Corduroy, after Dandelion, after he'd won a Caldecott Honor for Fly High Fly Low. It is novelist Richard Peck's only picture

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Two world-renowned children's book creators, Richard Peck and Don Freeman, collaborated on this picture book-the evocative tale of a boy who takes on the monster lurking in his grandma's home. This was one of Don Freeman's last books-after Corduroy, after Dandelion, after he'd won a Caldecott Honor for Fly High Fly Low. It is novelist Richard Peck's only picture book. He wrote Monster Night about twenty-five years before he won a Newbery Honor for A Long Way from Chicago, before he won the Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder.

Now their beguiling collaboration is once again available, and includes a new introduction, full of warmth and reminiscence, by Richard Peck. It's a classic treat-a deliciously spooky journey through darkness into the comforting, clear light of day.

Illustrated by Don Freeman.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Richard Peck's only picture book, Monster Night at Grandma's House (1977), illus. by Don Freeman, appears here with an author's note recounting the volume's genesis. This tale of a boy's fearful night at Grandma's house unfolds through a lengthy text perhaps best appreciated by die-hard Peck fans. Freeman's two-color scratchboard artwork in India ink and watercolor adds to the period feel. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Any child who has ever stayed overnight at grandma's house will recognize how this little boy feels as he goes upstairs to bed while grandma sleeps downstairs. In the darkness, he hears bugs hitting against the window screen and after a while decides "some were scratching fingers that didn't sound a bit like bugs." When he hears the floorboard creak just once, he convinces himself there is a monster in his room. Peck deftly creates suspense and captures the intensity of a child's imagination. He tosses in a bit of humor as the boy discovers that the troubling "lumpish shapes halfway down his bed" are simply his feet. Mustering up some courage when he thinks he sees the tail of the monster, he gets out of bed and gets rid of the monster. Full and half-page illustrations done on scratchboard in India ink and white and blue watercolor show the little boy enjoying the day and apprehensively facing the loneliness of the dark. The realistic setting combined with nighttime fears and a satisfying ending, makes this a good spooky story for the age group. Teachers and librarians will find Peck's note at the beginning of interest where he makes a connection between this book and two of his more recent novels. Originally published in 1977. 2003 (orig. 1977), Dial Books for Young Readers,
— Sharon Salluzzo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140503302
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/1979
Series:
Picture Puffin Series
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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