No Time for Monsters / No hay tiempo para monstruos

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Like most kids, Roberto doesn't want to help with household chores. Who wants to clean the bedroom? Yuck! Roberto tells his mother he can't clean his room because he's afraid the Closet Monster might lock him away forever! "Maybe you should help me," he tells his mother. "The Closet Monster is afraid of you." But Mamá insists he clean his own room. And when Mamá asks for Roberto's help wiping the table and sweeping the kitchen floor, he again tries to wiggle out of cleaning because of his fear of monsters—in this...

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Overview

Like most kids, Roberto doesn't want to help with household chores. Who wants to clean the bedroom? Yuck! Roberto tells his mother he can't clean his room because he's afraid the Closet Monster might lock him away forever! "Maybe you should help me," he tells his mother. "The Closet Monster is afraid of you." But Mamá insists he clean his own room. And when Mamá asks for Roberto's help wiping the table and sweeping the kitchen floor, he again tries to wiggle out of cleaning because of his fear of monsters—in this case, the Under the Table Monster and the Dust Monster. "If I sweep the floor," he says, "the Dust Monster might come and blow me away forever!" Later, when Roberto is ready for his mother to read him a story, she turns the tables on him. She can't read him a bedtime story because the Work Monster might take her away! But Roberto knows the Work Monster won't take his mother away. "I know because the Work Monster is afraid of me!" So Roberto grabs a mop and willingly helps his mom finish the chores. Together, Roberto and his mother put an end to the cleaning and the monsters! In this entertaining picture book about a boy's creative attempts to avoid doing chores around the house, first-time children's book author Spelile Rivas creates an amusing scenario to illustrate how working together to complete tasks is beneficial for all involved.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
Parents will chuckle with Roberto's excuses as to why he cannot clean his room, wipe the table, and sweep the floor. But the excuses seem to stop once Roberto asks his mother to read him a story. These monsters that Robert kept using as an excuse to stop him from doing his chores also prevent his mother from reading him a story. His mother states the work monster might come out and get her. According to little Roberto the work monster is afraid of him. This bilingual book is entertaining and captivates the imagination of a child as to why it is important to get the chores done and then have some fun. The illustrations are not frightening but rather adorable with brightly colored monsters. The translations are satisfactory in both languages. This bilingual selection makes a great read aloud or lesson on helping out and responsibilities set by parents at home. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Mamá asks Roberto for help with housekeeping chores but he claims that monsters will take him away if he complies. The Closet Monster, the Under the Table Monster, and the Dust Monster are a few of the colorful and brightly illustrated creatures he conjures up. Mamá turns the tables on her son when she says, "If I read you a story the Work Monster might grab me and take me away forever!" Roberto giggles and promptly announces that the Work Monster won't get her because it's afraid of him. Cervantes's digital illustrations are done in bold vibrant colors and complement Rivas's amusing story line. The book closes with a full-page illustration showing Mamá and Roberto snuggling up in a comfy chair ready to enjoy a book with the playful monsters looking on. This story will work well both as a read-aloud and for sharing one-on-one. Both versions, in English and Spanish, are entertaining.—Angélica Sauceda, Anaheim Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558854451
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,366,093
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    A must read!!

    This book not only has the most beautiful illustrated pictures, but the story is fabulous. If you have small children and are wanting to teach them Spanish with illustrations to keep their attention, this book is it! I love it! I believe you will too!

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