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Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli

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What do monsters eat?

The waitress in this restaurant just doesn’t have a clue.
Monsters don’t eat broccoli!
How could she think we do?

In this rollicking picture book written by Barbara Jean Hicks and illustrated by Sue Hendra, monsters insist they don’t like broccoli. They’d rather snack on tractors or a rocket ship or two, or tender ...

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Overview

What do monsters eat?

The waitress in this restaurant just doesn’t have a clue.
Monsters don’t eat broccoli!
How could she think we do?

In this rollicking picture book written by Barbara Jean Hicks and illustrated by Sue Hendra, monsters insist they don’t like broccoli. They’d rather snack on tractors or a rocket ship or two, or tender trailer tidbits, or a wheely, steely stew. But boy do those trees they’re munching on look an awful lot like broccoli. Maybe vegetables aren’t so bad after all!

This hilarious book will have youngsters laughing out loud and craving healthy monster snacks of their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

"Fum, foe, fie, fee, monsters don't eat broccoli!" With a toe-tapping beat and loud, splashy spreads, this paean to mealtime chaos will charm small monsters everywhere. The monsters in Hendra's paintings are lumpy, friendly-looking things who stomp through cities and forests, refusing broccoli in favor of more appetizing fare: "We'd rather snack on tractors/ or a rocket ship or two,/ or tender trailer tidbits,/ or a wheely, steely stew." They roam through a monster grocery store past shelves of multicolored construction vehicles ("3 for 2 tractors") and skyscrapers; in another scene they perch on cliffs while fishing for boats ("we crave our fish 'n' ships"). In the final spreads, two picnicking monsters (one striped, the other with polka dots) are revealed to be a pair of children, munching not on maple trees but on-wait for it-broccoli florets ("And WOW are they delicious!/ Another helping, please"). Hicks's (The Secret Life of Walter Kitty) message about healthy eating comes off comic, not preachy. Too much fun to limit to kids who don't like broccoli. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
This book follows hysterical and obstinate monsters who absolutely will not eat broccoli. Sitting in a restaurant, they are astounded that the waitress would actually bring two heads of broccoli to their table. After all, tractors and rocket ships are more delectable choices! Why choose this green vegetable when one can eat a tractor trailer? Leaving no part of the vehicle untouched, the monsters create a scrumptious wheel stew. Do not even think about offering up any other green vegetables, either. Lima beans and alfalfa sprouts are equally as frightful. This ghoulish group would much prefer redwoods and boulders, buildings under construction, and even ships! This silly pack soon discovers that munching on green trees is a lot like eating broccoli and that the one-hated vegetable really does not taste too horrific at all. Told in rhyming verse, this story is sure to bring laughter to both children and adults alike. The illustrations were made using gouache, thus creating vibrant and vivid images. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Grown-ups know that kids generally don't like eating broccoli. Apparently, neither do monsters. Sure, they like tractors, rocket ships, and boulders. Only don't give them artichokes, lima beans, or anything green. When the "monsters" eat giant maple trees, though, they discover they have been fooled into eating the dreaded broccoli. The next spread reveals that the monsters are children who have fallen for that age-old adult trick of calling broccoli "trees." Not only that, but they also discover that "trees" are so delicious, they beg for "Another helping, please." For the most part, the rhyming text flows nicely when read aloud but it stumbles when the monsters repeatedly shout, "Fum,/foe,/fie,/fee,/monsters don't eat broccoli." The gouache illustrations are bright and textured; they pop off the page. However, the monsters and the backgrounds are done in similar hues so that the creatures sometimes blend into the scenery. Among a crowded field, this title doesn't stand out. Recommend Mitchell Sharmat's Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Scholastic, 1984) or Kenneth Oppel's The King's Taster (HarperCollins, 2009) instead.—Laura Lutz, formerly at Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
"Fum, foe, fie, fee, monsters don't eat broccoli," but it turns out that they do eat all of the other things depicted on Hendra's opening endpapers, and more: wheels, ships, boulders, buildings and rockets. Oh-and they also savor trees, remarking that "redwoods are delectable," and later referring to "a clump of giant maples and their yummy, gummy bark . . . " The book's punch line is that the monsters are actually imaginative children pretending that the foods on their plates are all of the things listed in the text and depicted in the illustrations. The penultimate double-page spread reveals that the imagined buildings are Swiss cheese slices, rocket ships are carrot sticks, wheels are sliced tomatoes and trees are, you guessed it, broccoli. The vibrant gouache illustrations capture the silly playfulness of the text as goofy, rounded, toothy monsters delight in their odd meals in a variety of settings. Everything culminates in the closing endpapers' depiction of the children's foods, rather than the opening endpapers' references to their imagined counterparts. A fine serving for storytime. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385755214
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 229,458
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Jean Hicks is the author of The Secret Life of Walter Kitty and Jitterbug Jam. She lives in Oxnard, California.

Sue Hendra is the illustrator of more than seventy children’s books. She lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    My kids LOVE this book!

    We grabbed this at the library on our last visit, and I think I've read it one million times. Yes, parents, it's one of those books. I have a 3 year old and an 22 month old, and they both adore it (particularly the younger one). It's easy to read, rhymes, is a fun story, and has bright pictures. I'm here to buy it, we love it so much! Oh, and it's making both kids obsessed with eating broccoli, which is never a bad thing.

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