Monsters Love Colors

Monsters Love Colors

by Mike Austin
     
 

Did you know that monsters love to

scribble,

scribble,

mix,

dance,

and

wiggle!

Why?

Because monsters love to make new colors!

Celebrate along with the hilarious monsters in this wild and energetic picture book from author-illustrator Mike Austin. Mixing and discovering color has never been so much fun!

Overview

Did you know that monsters love to

scribble,

scribble,

mix,

dance,

and

wiggle!

Why?

Because monsters love to make new colors!

Celebrate along with the hilarious monsters in this wild and energetic picture book from author-illustrator Mike Austin. Mixing and discovering color has never been so much fun!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Austin’s (Countdown with Milo and Mouse) monsters—fuzzy, shapeless blobs with googly eyes and big smiles—look a lot like Muppets, and they’re similarly loud and boisterous. They’re equipped with crayons and paint, and they eagerly describe what they’re doing (“Scribble! Scribble! Drip! Splash! Dribble!”). After messy opening scenes involving crayon-scrawling and paint-splashing, three primary-colored monsters announce their favorite colors (their own, of course). “Red is the color of roar! and snore! and more! more! more!” yells the red monster; the blue one gets so carried away, he starts to eat his favorite crayon. Next, the three give some smaller, gray monsters colors of their own. “What new favorite color can we make for you?” they ask. “Orange!” shouts one gray monster. The red and yellow monsters scribble frantically all over the gray monster (“Scribble, scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle! Mixing red and yellow makes orange!”), who emerges orange. Despite the friendly chaos, the pages retain a crisp, commercial look, with a glossy finish and mixed-media images that pop against backdrops of white. Whether children retain the ideas of color mixing, they’ll be thoroughly entertained. Ages 4�8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
How do you make a "SUPER tropical MEGA monster RAINBOW swirl with raspberry on TOP colored Monster?" Simple! Just follow Mike Austin's scribbling, swirling primary-colored Red, Blue, and Yellow Monsters as they artfully teach their Grey Monster friend how to cut loose with color and learn about mixing all the colors of the rainbow at the same time. The fun begins on the front endpaper where we see three and a half grey monsters (the other half monster is peeking around the page to the colophon). Here we find that the author/illustrator even created his own typography, along with Megan Stitt, for this joyous book. We learn he used his "favorite monster pencils," crayons, ink, brushes and a scanner. Monsters Love Color will have little monster readers running for their favorite monster pencils, crayons, and paper after reading this very bouncy book. Watch out once they learn red is the color of "Roar! And Snore! And more! More! More!" The endpaper illustrates Rainbow Monster signing off by scribbling "the End;" however, there will be no end to Monstrous creativity and attempts to invent new color names. Recommended for fans of Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Bloblike monsters in primary hues energetically scribble, mix, dance, wiggle, and otherwise enjoy playing with color. Each creature makes a statement about what its color stands for, without any particular logic: why red is the color of snore, yellow the color of growl, and blue the color of nibble are not explained. The primary colors offer to make new ones for some little gray monsters and produce orange, green, and purple in turn. On the final page, they pull together a rainbow, but while the colors are in the proper order in the word rainbow, the illustration shows red followed by yellow, not orange. Better books that describe the color-mixing process include Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint (Harcourt, 1989) and Arnold Lobel's The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments (Harper & Row, 1968).—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Dynamic monsters cavort and shriek and play with color. These monsters have googly eyes, big cartoon grins and unthreateningly rounded bodies. At the beginning, some are a single primary color, while others are smaller and gray. One red monster, one yellow monster and one blue monster extol the virtues of their own colors with jubilant chantability if not strict logic: "Red is the color of ROAR! and SNORE! and more! more! MORE!"; "Yellow is the color of PROWL! and HOWL! and GROWL! GROWL! GROWL!"; "Blue is the color of Scribble and Dribble and Nibble Nibble Nibble." Other verses are more hit-or-miss--for example, one page tries to rhyme "splash" with "squash," which may cause a stumble for adults reading aloud. However, all the monsters gyrate and boogie with exuberance, and their mixing of colors has exciting results. The small gray monsters become secondary colors, and one lucky little fellow who requests "SUPER tropical MEGA monster RAINBOW swirl with raspberry on TOP!" gets multicolored stripes and a rainbow parade to lead. Austin's squiggly, untamed swirls of crayon, pencil and ink and the high energy in his casual style (complete with silliness: "Hey! Don't eat your crayons, silly monster!") may coax even the bounciest little monsters to sit down for storytime--and run for the crayons and poster paper afterwards. Groovy. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062125941
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
99,557
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Austin is the author of A Present for Milo, a book that was originally created as a preschool app and then later published as a print picture book, as well as the picture book Monsters Love Colors. He has done editorial art for the Wall Street Journal, Boys' Life magazine, and more. This is his second book for HarperCollins.

Mike Austin is the author of A Present for Milo, a book that was originally created as a preschool app and then later published as a print picture book, as well as the picture book Monsters Love Colors. He has done editorial art for the Wall Street Journal, Boys' Life magazine, and more. This is his second book for HarperCollins.

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