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Patrick is worried about his first day of monstergarten. Everyone knows you have to be SCARY in monstergarten. Patrick’s friend, Kevin, offers to show Patrick how to be scary – they roar, they sneak up on people, they bare their teeth. But Patrick still isn’t ready. His parents tell him to just be himself. But what if he’s not scary ENOUGH?

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Overview


Patrick is worried about his first day of monstergarten. Everyone knows you have to be SCARY in monstergarten. Patrick’s friend, Kevin, offers to show Patrick how to be scary – they roar, they sneak up on people, they bare their teeth. But Patrick still isn’t ready. His parents tell him to just be himself. But what if he’s not scary ENOUGH?

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Publishers Weekly
A diminutive fuchsia monster named Patrick has been told that being scary is a prerequisite for attending Monstergarten. Luckily, his gap-toothed blue friend, Kevin, offers to teach him how. On a funny wordless spread, Kaminsky shows the monsters making their scariest faces, hanging upside down, and stretching out their tongues (meanwhile, a cute white cat easily out-scares the pair). Though Kaminsky’s Day-Glo characters look like the adorable result of a biochemical spill, readers will recognize that Patrick’s mother’s advice (“Just be yourself”) is just as applicable to human classrooms as it is to monster ones. Ages 4–5. Author’s agent: Christina A. Tugeau. Illustrator’s agent: Pippin Properties. (July)
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“A diminutive fuchsia monster named Patrick has been told that being scary is a prerequisite for attending Monstergarten. Luckily, his gap-toothed blue friend, Kevin, offers to teach him how. On a funny wordless spread, Kaminsky shows the monsters making their scariest faces, hanging upside down, and stretching out their tongues (meanwhile, a cute white cat easily out-scares the pair). Though Kaminsky’s Day-Glo characters look like the adorable result of a biochemical spill, readers will recognize that Patrick’s mother’s advice (“Just be yourself”) is just as applicable to human classrooms as it is to monster ones.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“Kids will love the goofy illustrations.” —Instructor magazine

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
What could possibly make cowboy-booted, fuchsia-furred, stripe-horned, blue-nosed Patrick afraid of the first day of Monstergarten? Patrick confides in his best friend, Kevin, that a first-grader told him being scary is one of the rules of going to Monstergarten, and unfortunately Patrick cannot even scare a little kitty cat. His ferocious growling, stomping, and hair-raising scare does not even give his sister and her friend the slightest fright. Kevin coaches Patrick in the ways to be scary by showing his claws and growling, and flashing his fangs, but Patrick still dreads meeting his new classmates and teacher. He is so sad he does not eat his lizardloaf at dinner. Patrick’s mom tells her son he will be just fine, all he has to do is be himself. In the morning it is Kevin who is clinging to his dad at the doorway to Mr. Goop’s Monstergarten classroom. Not until Patrick shows his scariest “Boo,” does Patrick relax and laugh. The best friends, Patrick and Kevin, decide that they do love Monstergarten, because it really is super-scary! This colorful picture book is ideal for the reluctant kindergartener or preschool student entering school for the first time. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Monster Patrick is afraid he is not going to be scary enough for monstergarten. His friend Kevin promises to help him because he is "an expert at being scary." The two practice with limited success, then Patrick's parents reassure him that school will be fine if he is just himself. On the first day, all goes well, but it takes a little scare from him to get Kevin pried away from a parental leg. At that point, they decide they love monstergarten. The loosely outlined, blobby-looking, brightly colored characters are appealing enough and vaguely reminiscent of Mo Willems's monsters. Appearing on mostly white backgrounds, in a variety of spot-art scenes, the characters are funny and not particularly scary. The writing is clear, if uninspired, but the story breaks no new ground, and the abrupt ending does nothing to help anxious youngsters understand what to expect in kindergarten, or why it is fun. The idea of using monsters as stand-ins for dealing with fears has been done with success in the past, but the minimal story here, and the lack of any real coping mechanisms for readers, makes this attempt fall flat.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466839304
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,421,701
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author


Daniel J. Mahoney is a radiologic technologist, as well as a children’s book author and illustrator. His picture books include The Perfect Clubhouse (Clarion), and the touch-and-feel book, I See A Monster by Laurie Young (Piggy Toes Press). He lives in Albany, NY, with his son.

Jef Kaminsky
has illustrated several picture books, including Bite Me, I'm a Book by Sarah Weeks, but Monstergarten is his first book in ten years. By day, he holds an executive position in the entertainment arm of publishing. The rest of the time, he lives and draws in Brooklyn, with his wife and their daughter.

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