Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A young monster's devotion to his pacifier is frowned upon by everyone he knows. "An appropriately lighthearted look at a situation that will hit close to home for many toddlers," said PW. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Gretchen Hesbacher
Marlon is a monster who still uses a pacifier. He calls it his noo-noo. His grandmother thinks he's too old for one, but Marlon doesn't want to give it up. Even when the other monsters make fun of him, and his mother throws his noo-noo away, Marlon still isn't ready. How Marlon handles this transition is wonderfully told and illustrated in this fantastic story that children will surely enjoy. This is a definite must for any child who uses a pacifier, but would be good for any child's library. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-Marlon's grandmother insists that he is much too old to use a pacifier. Eventually, his mother agrees, and confiscates his ``noo-noos.'' Marlon, however, has stashed extras throughout the house. Even the teasing of others doesn't deter him. Only after he plants a spare pacifier to grow a noo-noo tree does he decide to throw his last one away. A final two-page spread shows the tree in bloom while a contented Marlon strolls away with his harvest. Murphy's monster characters resemble dinosaurs, and they are not particularly unusual or appealing. The text refers to Marlon as a preschooler, but his size, body movements, and language development give him the appearance of an older child. Libraries with a demand for titles on this specialized topic might consider purchasing a copy. Others can skip it.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN