"Isn't he the perfect little monster!" croon Mommy and Daddy Monster over their youngest offspring. After all, this baby is clearly gifted at scowling, yelling and making a mess. He's also a careful student of his siblings--the sister who "taught him to sneer and snarl" and the brother who "showed him how to bash things and trash things." Imagine the crushing disappointment, not to mention the outright horror, of the monster's entire extended family when, on the occasion of his first birthday, Little Monster smiles. This happily dysfunctional family should elicit some giggles. But despite the fluorescent backgrounds and zippy typography, British artist Lycett-Smith's (Kitten Kid, Where Are You?) "monsters" merely resemble slightly weird bears--they lack the visual verve and interest of, for example, Polly Powell's ghouls in Monster Math. And Hindley's (The Big Red Bus) text is basically an extended one-liner. Ages 2-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Baby Monster is just perfect. "He had horrible little eyes and a horrible little nose and as soon as he was born, he scowled." His family is pleased with how quickly he learns "how to bash things and trash things" and to "sneer and snarl." Baby Monster's parents invite all the monster aunts, uncles, and cousins to his first birthday party, but when they ask him to give his relatives a "great big scowl," everyone shrieks and runs away. The final page reveals that the "perfect little baby monster-was smiling!" This amusing story is accompanied by cartoonlike illustrations "created in ink and colored in Photoshop." The monsters have a bearlike appearance, and Baby Monster is almost adorable despite his horrible little scowl. The lively, rhythmic text is well suited to reading aloud. Though his parents will be horrified, this little monster is sure to please.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.