Monster Toddler

Monster Toddler

by John Wallace
     
 
Sweet little Timothy is the sweetest boy in the world, except when he turns intoMONSTER TODDLER! That's when this darling boy's rambunctious alter ego takes over, landing him in a heap of mess. How will he get out? It's WONDER CHARLOTTE to the rescue! John Wallace uses simple text and vibrant watercolors to capture the playful high-energy mess-making capabilitities of

Overview

Sweet little Timothy is the sweetest boy in the world, except when he turns intoMONSTER TODDLER! That's when this darling boy's rambunctious alter ego takes over, landing him in a heap of mess. How will he get out? It's WONDER CHARLOTTE to the rescue! John Wallace uses simple text and vibrant watercolors to capture the playful high-energy mess-making capabilitities of toddlers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Wallace (Flower Girl) features a messy toddler and his angelic sister in this moralistic portrayal of misbehavior. Once he dons a dragon suit, Timothy, "the sweetest boy in all the world," becomes "Monster Toddler! The rascalliest boy in the world!" Fellow toddlers will be tickled by scenes in which the scaly hero scatters toy trucks and crayons, plagues his sister, Charlotte, tries to bite the cat and ends up all by himself. Wallace's pastel watercolor and black line illustrations fill the pages with innocent mayhem as Timothy literally and figuratively boxes himself into a corner. Timothy's caped sister, aka "Wonder Charlotte," wearing blue star-patterned pants and pink-and-white-striped T-shirt, comes to the tyke's rescue: "I will help you, Monster Toddler, but only if you start to be good!" Wallace then details Timothy's reformation in appropriate spot art as the boy learns to "sit quietly and not leap out" (by sitting next to his sister in an overstuffed armchair) and "how to be kind and gentle" (he lets go of the cat's tail). Unfortunately, the sugary message detracts from the toddler hero's benign mischief, carried out in the safety of his own room. Ages 2-5. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Parents and caregivers can relate to the descriptive title of this book. However, there aren't any adults taking part in the story and one wonders how many children refer to themselves or younger siblings as toddlers. Charlotte's little brother is transformed from the "sweetest boy in all the world" into a "MONSTER TODDLER" when he dons a monster suit. Now "The rascalliest boy IN THE WORLD!" Timothy wreaks the kind of havoc for which pesky little brothers the world over are renowned. After committing various atrocities such as leaping out at her and breaking her toy town, Charlotte flees to the safe confines of her room. Timothy continues on his rampage until he creates such a mess that he requires Charlotte's assistance to extricate himself. "WONDER CHARLOTTE" comes to the rescue in all her superhero glory and teaches her sibling the error of his ways. A considerably more placid Timothy concludes, "I like being good!" Children will be unmoved by this saccharine resolution and may see through the obvious device of the monster suit as a way to discuss poor behavior. The winsome pastel-tinted illustrations have much greater appeal than the message-driven story line.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A kind and gentle little boy turns into a destructive toddler when he dons his monster suit. As Monster Toddler, he spills juice, destroys toys, and tries to bite the cat. His sister, Charlotte, responds by shutting herself in her room, refusing to play with the wild beast. It's not until Monster Toddler gets himself into a mess from which he cannot escape, that he calms down enough to ask for Charlotte's help. Wonder Charlotte, donning a superhero costume, comes to the rescue. She responds with some lessons in polite and kind behavior, finishing with the removal of the monster suit. It's clear that this suit has not been put away for good, however, as Timothy gazes at it longingly in a final parting scene. Simple watercolor illustrations alternating between full-bleed paintings and small vignettes provide a view of this familiar scene. Sure to entertain other Monster Toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786819966
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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