Monsters Eat Whiny Children: with audio recording

Monsters Eat Whiny Children: with audio recording

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by Bruce Eric Kaplan
     
 

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Dad has warned Henry and Eve: If you whine too much, monsters will eat you. Henry and Eve don’t listen, of course. The only problem is, when the monster comes, he can’t find the right recipe for whiny children—and neither can his monster friends! A whiny child salad doesn’t work because there’s paprika in the dressing. A whiny child cake

Overview

Dad has warned Henry and Eve: If you whine too much, monsters will eat you. Henry and Eve don’t listen, of course. The only problem is, when the monster comes, he can’t find the right recipe for whiny children—and neither can his monster friends! A whiny child salad doesn’t work because there’s paprika in the dressing. A whiny child cake won’t do because the flour spills all over the floor. And whiny child burgers are out of the question because the grill is too hard to light up. Arguments and hilarity ensue. And just when our persnickety monsters decide on the perfect dish…the worst thing of all happens….

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A monster with a dragging tail and crested head takes whiners Henry and Eve home in a sack, planning to make them into whiny-child salad, but that doesn't curtail their behavior ("I don't like sitting on lettuce," whines Henry). The monster's wife is similarly afflicted: "I hate cilantro!" she screams, ordering him to remix the salad dressing. But while the monsters and neighbors debate dinner options ("Perhaps a whiny-child vindaloo"), Henry and Eve hightail it for home. New Yorker cartoonist Kaplan adds only the subtlest color washes to his blank-eyed figures, framed inside black lines, serving the snarky text with a pinch of Shel Silverstein and plenty of bourgeoisie irony. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—For those who like their picture books with a little edge and offbeat humor, this is a surefire hit. Henry and Eve are "going through a TERRIBLE phase"; they whine constantly and are eventually stolen by a monster and taken to his lair. To be fair, their kindly father did warn them. Luckily, the monster and his wife whine and argue even more than the children, and cannot agree on what to make: whiny-child salad, burgers, or vindaloo? On the advice of a deliciously cantankerous aunt, the monsters finally agree on simple whiny-child cucumber sandwiches on fluffy white bread. In the meantime, however, the clever children escape, having learned an important lesson about whining—mostly. The recipe for cucumber sandwiches, minus the whiny children, is included. Kaplan's minimalist cartoon illustrations bring to mind Quentin Blake's work and complement the humorous, quirky text with its askew frames, thick black lines, and color accents. The book makes a great read-aloud. Opportunities for whiny monster voices abound, and readers are guaranteed a laugh when the monster's wife insists she cannot eat whiny-child cake because her bottom is too big.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Cartoonist and TV writer Kaplan delivers a witty, tightly controlled picture-book debut brimming with humor. Henry and Eve are "two perfectly delightful children...going through a TERRIBLE phase." In short, they are big whiners and are undeterred when their father delivers the titular warning that "monsters eat whiny children." Sure enough, a bevy of monsters arrives on the scene ready to cook them up, but it turns out that they are rather whiny too and can't decide how to prepare the children. Whiny-child salad? Burgers? Cake? Vindaloo? At this last suggestion the text assumes a true New Yorker–cartoon vibe asserting, "sometimes it's so hard to figure out if you're in the mood for Indian food." By book's end the children redeem themselves by helping the indecisive, bereft monsters overcome their bickering, and they escape through a window leaving the monsters to enjoy cucumber sandwiches (recipe included). Throughout the book, ample white space offsets energetic, expressive line drawings expertly highlighted with retrained use of color. There's nothing to whine about here. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442439580
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
11 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Eric Kaplan, known for his distinctive, off-beat single-panel cartoons, has been a New Yorker cartoonist for more than ten years. He is also a television writer and was an executive producer for the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, as well as a writer on Seinfeld (funnily enough, one of his most well-known episodes is one where Elaine becomes increasingly frustrated over what she takes to be an utterly nonsensical New Yorker cartoon).

He has authored and illustrated seven adult titles for Simon & Schuster: the cult classic The Cat That Changed My Life; the collections I Love You, I Hate You, I'm Hungry; No One You Know; and This Is a Bad Time; and three titles featuring the wonderfully neurotic Brooklyn couple Edmund and Rosemary: Every Person on the Planet, Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell, and Everything Is Going to Be Okay. Bruce is also the author and illustrator of three picture books: Monsters Eat Whiny Children, Cousin Irv from Mars, and Meaniehead. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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Monsters Eat Whiny Children 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Not2crazymom More than 1 year ago
This book caught my eye and made me laugh. Thinking of my own children especially my five year old daughter. It seemed appropriately fitting for her. She loved the book. Read it again, Mommy! Brilliant! Now, when she starts whining, I just ask her what happens to whiny children? She mummbles that they get eaten by monsters. Exactly! And the whining stops. Love it! And it works, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old loved the book, especially the ending. We will be reading many times again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good