Mrs. Muffly's Monster

Mrs. Muffly's Monster

by Sarah Dyer
     
 

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Mrs. Muffly lives by herself in a house on top of a hill. She's always been a bit strange, but lately she's been very, very strange. What on earth would Mrs. Muffly need with 27 dozen eggs, 58 pounds of butter, 41 bags of flour, an enormous pile of sugar, and 464 jars of jam? Could it be that Mrs. Muffly is keeping something in the basement . . . something like a

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Mrs. Muffly lives by herself in a house on top of a hill. She's always been a bit strange, but lately she's been very, very strange. What on earth would Mrs. Muffly need with 27 dozen eggs, 58 pounds of butter, 41 bags of flour, an enormous pile of sugar, and 464 jars of jam? Could it be that Mrs. Muffly is keeping something in the basement . . . something like a HUGE MONSTER? What else could explain Mrs. Muffly's epic shopping trips? Dyer's playful picture book is a treat for eyes and ears, and her recipe for a not-so-monster-sized cake is just as much a treat for little mouths.

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Child Education Plus ‘This book was another huge hit, not least for its bright blue, imaginary monster, with fabulous spotty shorts and an elegant stripey tail. Mrs Muffly creates an intriguing puzzle with her amazing shopping exploits.’

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mrs. Muffly, who lives on top of the hill, is acting very strangely. The speculation in the town is that she has a monster in her house. Why else would she be buying a "pile of sugar" on Monday but to sweeten him up, or 27-dozen eggs on Tuesday but to style his hair? The 58 packs of butter on Wednesday must be to soften his feet; Thursday's 41 sacks of flour are to sleep on, and Friday's 464 jars of jam are for his deep bath. The smoke and flames that rise from her house on Saturday are suspected of being a sign that the monster has eaten Mrs. Muffly and escaped. On Sunday, however, the truth, probably obvious to the clever and amused reader, is revealed. The suspected monster, all in blue with yellow polka dot shorts and brown-striped tail, has a wide smile and sharp teeth. The visual story is an odd one, produced by an imaginative use of mixed media with patterned collage and somewhat crude landscapes. The double-page scenes have a surreal quality as the text attempts to remain rational. It is fun to follow the scribbled red paw prints from the front end pages to the back where the monster presents a recipe for a "not-quite-so-monster-sized cake." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Mrs Muffly has always been known for her eccentricity. Lately, however, she has been acting even more peculiar, leaving everyone to assume that she has a monster living with her. On Monday, she purchases a "big pile of sugar"; Tuesday, "27 dozen eggs"; Wednesday, "58 packs of butter"; Thursday, "41 sacks of flour"; and Friday, "464 jars of jam." The unseen narrators assume that all of these items are for her pet monster ("sugar to sweeten him up...eggs to style his hair," etc.) and end up surprised by her winning entry in the Giant Cake Competition with no monster in sight. Still, there is the assumption that someone must have helped her. The mixed-media depictions of industrious Mrs Muffly in her red-striped muffler and the hilarious antics of her blue, pointy-eared monster are certain to entertain children. A recipe for a "not-quite-so-monster-sized cake" follows the story.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews

Childhood logic and a preference for the impossible explodes in this enjoyable tale of crazy conclusions. Mrs. Muffly's recent behavior has been most peculiar. The explanation? "We think that's because she is keeping a HUGE monster in her house!" The evidence is overwhelming. After all, why else would she need to purchase 27 dozen eggs (to style the monster's hair) or 58 packs of butter (to smooth his rough feet)? After buying a different ingredient in massive quantities each day of the week, all comes clear on Sunday when Mrs. Muffly wins the Giant Cake Competition with the largest masterpiece on display. Unwilling to give up the theory, however, the ever-optimistic narrator concludes, "BUT we think she must have had some help," as jammy monster-shaped footprints track across the page. Dyer's seemingly simple mixed-media pictures complement this tale of juvenile justifications quite well. This isn't a tale of kids just leaping to conclusions; it's a full-throttle lunge. (recipe in metric and English measurements) (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845077617
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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