Monsters Don't Cry

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"Archie awoke with a shout in the night.
Only a dream, but what a terrible fright.
Well monsters may roar, may growl or just sigh,
But monsters are strong, monsters don't cry."

But, as Archie learns, sometimes even little monsters don't always have to be brave, especially when Mummy and Daddy monster are at hand to make everything all right!

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Overview

"Archie awoke with a shout in the night.
Only a dream, but what a terrible fright.
Well monsters may roar, may growl or just sigh,
But monsters are strong, monsters don't cry."

But, as Archie learns, sometimes even little monsters don't always have to be brave, especially when Mummy and Daddy monster are at hand to make everything all right!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Archie is an adventurous monster who takes his teddy bear friend with him everywhere. Like his human counterparts, Archie endures a variety of upsetting scenarios, from bad dreams and broken toys to an upset stomach from eating too much birthday cake. In a series of rhyming couplets, Archie and Teddy experience many of the scary events common to childhood: getting lost, getting hurt, and getting stung by a bee. After each encounter is the same refrain: "Monsters may roar, may growl or just sigh, but monsters are strong, monsters don't cry." Only when his stuff animal's head comes off does Archie weep. As in many of the previous spreads, Archie's loving parents are there to help him through his distress. They repair the bear with some handy tape. Burfoot's colorful and charming illustrations keep the repetition from becoming too monotonous as readers search for Teddy, whose hilarious facial expressions reflect his dismay at the danger he faces on Archie's adventures. Since monsters are usually the source of tears, young readers may find it reassuring that even a monster cannot be tough all of the time. Comedic moments, such as when Archie learns not to let go when swinging or when he finds that riding in circles can make him dizzy, will resonate with the preschool set, who may have already learned some of these lessons the hard way. Parents, teachers and librarians will all assure their charges that crying is a normal, natural feeling—even for monsters—and caring people are ready to help when needed. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
From the Publisher

"Tactile and appealing . . . an inspiration to kids struggling with sleep."  —Publishers Weekly on Darkness Slipped In

"McKee's verse is accessible, and his repeated refrain properly catchy. Burfoot's pictures, in watercolor and colored pencils, are eye-poppingly bright and full of funny touches." — Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Archie is an adventurous monster who takes his teddy bear friend with him everywhere. Like his human counterparts, Archie endures a variety of upsetting scenarios, from bad dreams and broken toys to an upset stomach from eating too much birthday cake. In a series of rhyming couplets, Archie and Teddy experience many of the scary events common to childhood: getting lost, getting hurt, and getting stung by a bee. After each encounter is the same refrain: "Monsters may roar, may growl or just sigh, but monsters are strong, monsters don't cry." Only when his stuff animal's head comes off does Archie weep. As in many of the previous spreads, Archie's loving parents are there to help him through his distress. They repair the bear with some handy tape. Burfoot's colorful and charming illustrations keep the repetition from becoming too monotonous as readers search for Teddy, whose hilarious facial expressions reflect his dismay at the danger he faces on Archie's adventures. Since monsters are usually the source of tears, young readers may find it reassuring that even a monster cannot be tough all of the time. Comedic moments, such as when Archie learns not to let go when swinging or when he finds that riding in circles can make him dizzy, will resonate with the preschool set, who may have already learned some of these lessons the hard way. Parents, teachers and librarians will all assure their charges that crying is a normal, natural feeling—even for monsters—and caring people are ready to help when needed. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849393133
  • Publisher: Andersen Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

BRETT McKEE is the son of the renowned David McKee. He lives in Oxfordshire. Monsters Don't Cry! was inspired by his own two young sons.

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