Lund's (Dinosailors) rhyming story, about a team of ghoulish monsters who ride bulldozers and cranes, has just about everything a child could hope for, from fantastical characters to vehicles, from muck and mud to screams and shouts to "monsteroni and cheese." The plot is uncomplicated-a crew of monsters builds a "Custom Prehaunted" house and then cleans up-and relayed with plenty of brio: "Foreman Gorbert stomps over. He's huge and he's hairy./ He grunts out the orders and adds, "Make it scary!" Neubecker's (Wow! School!) bright, digitally colored full-bleed pictures of the workmonsters-Dirty Dugg, Stinky Stubb, Gorbert and Melvina-are reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's Wild Things, but rendered in an electric palette. A monster mama serves lunch, reads a story and oversees naptime, then withdraws: this quartet, apparently, doesn't view tidying up as fiendish ("Without too much whining, they each do their share"). The fun extends to the endpapers, which feature monsters in construction machines. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Monsters on Machinesby Deb Lund, Robert Neubecker (Illustrator)
Meet Stinky Stubb, Dirty Dugg, Gorbert, and Melvina, the craftiest crew of monsters ever to build a house. With hard hats and heavy machinery, these feisty fellas dig, dump, hammer, nail, and—after a surprise lunch of Mama’s special monsteroni and cheese—they even squeeze in time for an afternoon snooze. With backhoes,/i>
Meet Stinky Stubb, Dirty Dugg, Gorbert, and Melvina, the craftiest crew of monsters ever to build a house. With hard hats and heavy machinery, these feisty fellas dig, dump, hammer, nail, and—after a surprise lunch of Mama’s special monsteroni and cheese—they even squeeze in time for an afternoon snooze. With backhoes, bulldozers, and mud mounds galore, here is a book that young construction enthusiasts will want to dig into over and over again.
The first half of this rhyming picture book follows a group of gnarly monsters as they hop on various construction machines, working to build a "frightfully fine" haunted house. Break time reveals these rough-and-ready beasts are children when monster mom brings lunch, reads a story, and puts them down for a nap, complete with "blankies." Awake once more, the builders install a lawn, sidewalks, and a road in time for a monster family to move in. The India-ink drawings colored digitally in neon-bright hues exude a jazzy, busy look that brings to life the chaos that results when monsters and machines meet. Each pop-eyed character (three boys and one girl) is a different color and has a unique look-hair, horns, ears, and eyes-for readers to delight in. The endpapers sport almost two dozen monstrous machines to drool over.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
DEB LUND has written several celebrated books for children. She lives on Washington State’s Whidbey Island.
ROBERT NEUBECKER ’s acclaimed picture books include Wow! School!, Wow! America!, Wow! City!, and Courage of the Blue Boy. He lives in Park City, Utah.
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