Oh No, Monster Tomato!

Overview

In the dark town of Grislygust a competition is under way—The Great Grislygust Grow-off.  Marvin plans to grow the tastiest tomatoes in town but his beastly brother, Boris and his poisonous sister, Prunella make fun of him—"You’re a titchy weed, Marvin, and your tomatoes will be tiny too!" But Marvin is determined to prove everybody wrong and soon his competitors will find themselves in BIG trouble

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Overview

In the dark town of Grislygust a competition is under way—The Great Grislygust Grow-off.  Marvin plans to grow the tastiest tomatoes in town but his beastly brother, Boris and his poisonous sister, Prunella make fun of him—"You’re a titchy weed, Marvin, and your tomatoes will be tiny too!" But Marvin is determined to prove everybody wrong and soon his competitors will find themselves in BIG trouble

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this British story with elements of Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, Marvin wants to grow the tastiest tomatoes for the annual "Great Grislygust Grow-off," but his siblings belittle his efforts. Undeterred, Marvin studies hard, but it takes a special song ("Grow, grow, grow, Monster Tomato!") to make the vine burst out of the ground in a giant vertical foldout. Wall enhances her raucous scenes with photo and digital collage elements, as the rogue tomato plant wreaks juicy havoc, splattering his prudish brother and sister, before Marvin returns it to its natural size. The messy brand of humor (and a foldout surprise ending) should satisfy readers. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
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“A fun read-aloud at storytimes, where listeners will cheer for Marvin.”—School Library Journal
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Marvin is the smallest child in his family, but when the Great Grislygust Grow-off comes around, he is determined to produce the tastiest tomatoes and win. His brother and sister bait and tease him, calling him a "titchy weed," but he has a potion and a few songs up his sleeve. He grows a plant so large that it shoots its tomatoes—they are the size of beach balls—at his mean siblings: "Whoomph!" And when he wins the contest, the prize only serves to set his sights on next year's competition. Helmore uses alliteration to make the story sing—"Prunella's pumpkins were plumping up"—and the rollicking words dance across the pages. Wall's vibrant, cartoon-style, collage illustrations can seem as fast-growing as Marvin's plant. Two foldouts are used effectively to enhance the story, and musical notations are incorporated into the pictures. A fun read-aloud at storytimes, where listeners will cheer for Marvin.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405247412
  • Publisher: Egmont UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen still works as a textile designer when she’s not creating picture books, and Jim works in the publishing industry. They have won the picture book category of the Sheffield Book Award for their first book Letterbox Lil (OUP) and received the silver Practical Parenting award for Who are you, Stripy Horse in 2007.

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