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Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters

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Those little monsters are back — and on the move! Jane Yolen takes her rhymes to the playground, aided by Kelly Murphy’s exuberant illustrations.

Stretching, twirling, tumbling, jumping! Welcome to a playground teeming with monsters, bristling with energy, and scaring up ways to have fun. Monsters swing and slide and piggyback ride. Monsters run three-legged races and fall on their faces. Monsters eat monster-sicles and vie for the fountain (Gulp...Grrrr...Grumble...Growl...All ...

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Overview

Those little monsters are back — and on the move! Jane Yolen takes her rhymes to the playground, aided by Kelly Murphy’s exuberant illustrations.

Stretching, twirling, tumbling, jumping! Welcome to a playground teeming with monsters, bristling with energy, and scaring up ways to have fun. Monsters swing and slide and piggyback ride. Monsters run three-legged races and fall on their faces. Monsters eat monster-sicles and vie for the fountain (Gulp...Grrrr...Grumble...Growl...All better now!). In this high-octane sequel to Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, wild and whimsical artwork revs up a read-aloud text that will have little listeners jumping up to join the action.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Yolen and Murphy are at it again. This time, their monsters engage in plenty of playground fun. Yolen's perfectly precise text, repetition, and rhyme make the story ideal for reading aloud to even the littlest monsters. These rainbow-hued beasts hopscotch, slide, and race around a park, but after eating "monster-sicles," some monsterly behavior leads to a lesson in saying "sorry." Murphy's tone-on-tone illustrations in warm greens, blues, and oranges give the creatures a fuzzy rather than menacing look. This blending of color may make the nuances of each page hard to pick out from a distance, but the technique lends itself to even more enjoyment one-on-one. Pair this title with Helen Ketteman's Goodnight, Little Monster (Marshall Cavendish, 2010) for a storytime even the wildest participants will enjoy.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The menagerie of monsters from Yolen and Murphy's previous pairing (Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, 2011) returns for an adventure at the playground. All sorts and sizes of monsters gather at Creepy Commons to have some fun. The author uses two- or three-word phrases to build a steady rhyming text describing the full range of activities taking place. "Monsters stretch. / Monsters twirl. // Monsters catch. / Monsters hurl. // Monsters tumble, / Run, and lope. / Monsters jump / A monster rope." The cadence will be soothing to young ears, leaving the eyes of toddlers and preschoolers to discover the playful details found throughout the soft-hued illustrations painted in oil, acrylic and gel. This diverse bunch is cute and cuddly without coming across as overly sweet. Some have four eyeballs, and some have only one. Pointy horns and handlike hair sprout from curious places on this happily rambunctious crew. Big and small, young and old--all cavort on slides and swings. Occasionally, there is a mishap--"Monsters in / Three-legged races / Fall upon / Their Monster faces"--but it is nothing a "monster-sicle" treat cannot fix. Young ones will want to join in on this monster romp again and again, since it is all so silly, comforting and familiar. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763657277
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 731,136
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen, author of the companion book Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, has written hundreds of books for children and young adults, including the New York Times best-selling How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? With Candlewick, she is the editor of three children’s poetry collections: Switching on the Moon, Here’s a Little Poem, and This Little Piggy. She divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of Jane Yolen’s Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters and Dianna Hutts Aston’s Loony Little. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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