Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster

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Pip and Posy are friends (most of the time!) in the newest title in this series about the dramas of toddler life.

It's a rainy day, so Posy decides to stay at home and do some baking. With the cupcakes safely in the oven, she settles down to lick the bowl when a large, blue, furry paw appears at her window. A moment later, a monster walks in- oh, no! But something about the monster looks familiar. . . .

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Overview

Pip and Posy are friends (most of the time!) in the newest title in this series about the dramas of toddler life.

It's a rainy day, so Posy decides to stay at home and do some baking. With the cupcakes safely in the oven, she settles down to lick the bowl when a large, blue, furry paw appears at her window. A moment later, a monster walks in- oh, no! But something about the monster looks familiar. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristen Kelley
Posy the Mouse decides to spend a rainy day making cupcakes. She mixes up the batter, pours it in the baking tin, and pops the cupcakes in the oven. While the cupcakes are baking, she hears a tap on the window and turns to see a big furry hand. It is a monster! Posy is scared! The monster knocks on the door and then growls and comes inside. Posy starts to cry but then she sees the monster's feet and realizes it is not a real monster, it is her rabbit friend, Pip! Pip lets Posy try on his monster costume, and the two friends spend the rest of the afternoon playing. They then have cupcakes and milk for a snack. This book promises to teach little ones about being brave and taking turns, and it does just that. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, and little ones will have fun spotting Posy's stuffed frog on almost every page. This is a great book for beginning readers, especially those who are scared of monsters!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Home alone on a rainy day, Posy tries to entertain herself by baking cupcakes. The mouse is shocked to see a big furry hand in the window, followed by a knock on the door. A monster with a scary face opens the door without invitation. Posy is terrified and begins to cry until she recognizes the familiar feet of her friend Pip and realizes that it was just a harmless prank. The rabbit asks if she'd like to try on the costume. He apologizes for scaring her and allows Posy to wear it while they go outside to play and have a snack: cupcakes, of course. Scheffler's illustrations are simple and charming. The characters are full of emotion and expression and will elicit smiles and compassion from listeners. The artwork has bold outlines and bright hues that will appeal to its intended audience. Youngest listeners will be able to relate to Pip and Posy's escapades and appreciate the theme of friendship and forgiveness.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Pip and Posy are back in an oddly flat tale. One rainy, boring day, Posy decides to bake some cupcakes, washing her hands, donning her apron and mixing up ingredients. While they are baking, a tap at the window and a big, blue, furry hand draw her attention. The suspense and fear ratchet up as there is a knock at the door, where a monster head is just visible. When the door opens, poor Posy dissolves into tears and hides behind the couch. But when she sees her good friend Pip's feet protruding from the costume, she loses all her fears. Pip apologizes for scaring her and offers to let her try the costume. The two play, then break for a snack of cupcakes and milk. All's well that ends well, but still, there is something off. The duo (a bunny and a mouse) are a strange mix of adult and child--Posy baking cupcakes all by herself, yet dragging around her stuffed frog and being reduced to tears of fright over the monster. Still, simple vocabulary and two or three short sentences per page make this a good choice for beginning readers, and Scheffler's ink-and-gouache artwork is both bright and cute. Not the best exploration of a friendly twosome--stick with Mr. Putter and Tabby or George and Martha. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763659189
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Pip and Posy Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 830,630
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Axel Scheffler attended The Bath Academy of Art. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold more than three-and-a-half million copies worldwide. He lives in London, England.

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