The Scariest Monster in the Whole Wide World

The Scariest Monster in the Whole Wide World

by Pamela Mayer, Lydia Monks
     
 

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Thea Dewhickey knows just what she wants to be for Halloween-the scariest monster in the whole wide world. But her parents don't think she can win the costume contest dressed as a monster. They want her to dress up as a beautiful butterfly or an exotic Spanish dancer. Thea couldn't care less about the contest, but her parents won't listen to her protests. Luckily,

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Thea Dewhickey knows just what she wants to be for Halloween-the scariest monster in the whole wide world. But her parents don't think she can win the costume contest dressed as a monster. They want her to dress up as a beautiful butterfly or an exotic Spanish dancer. Thea couldn't care less about the contest, but her parents won't listen to her protests. Luckily, there's someone who can help make everyone happy . . . Grandma! Pamela Mayer's lively text and Lydia Monks' wacky, outrageous artwork combine to create an offbeat Halloween offering that's sure to please.

Will appeal to monsters everywhere. (Kirkus Reviews )

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thea made a darling fairy last Halloween, a runner-up for the costume prize, and this year her parents envision her winning as a butterfly or dancer. Thea sees herself more as a chartreuse Godzilla with "blood dripping off the corners of my mouth, and maybe even an ax coming out of my head." In Monks's (The Cat Barked?) witty mixed-media collages, the heroine finds a kindred spirit in her witchy grandmother, who wisely stitches the trophy-coveting parents a pair of prize-winning costumes. Like Hoodwinked (reviewed above), Mayer's debut supports unconventional girls. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
That "scariest monster" is what Thea Dawhickey wants to be for Halloween this year. Her overachiever parents have other ideas, for they are eager for her to win first prize, but Thea is adamant. Fortunately Grandma arrives and solves the controversy in an amusingly clever way, to everyone's satisfaction. Monk's acrylic paint, paper montage, and color pencil illustrations add visual zip to the rather straightforward text. Her cartoon characters need few props; a few lines and the placement of eyeballs are enough. Preprinted papers fashion butterfly wings, clothing, father's photo of a nose. There is a "be yourself" moral in this realistic tale with the oddball visual fun. 2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $15.99. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Thea Dewhickey's parents might be a couple of potato-heads, but they are also overachievers of the worst type: They overachieve for their daughter. Young Thea wants to be a scary monster for Halloween, with "claws and fangs and green scales and blood dripping off the corners of my mouth, and maybe even an ax coming out of my head" . . . that sort of thing. The Dewhickeys, angling for first prize at the costume parade, think she ought to be a butterfly, or perhaps a Spanish dancer. But Thea wards off their importuning until her Grandma arrives on the scene to take things in hand. Thea gets her scary costume, and Mr. and Mrs. Dewhickey get to be, respectively, a Spanish dancer and a butterfly. They even win honorable mentions. Though the self-serving parents get hoisted on their own petards, Mayer keeps a poker-face on the narrative—"The judges thought the butterfly costume Grandma made for Mrs. Dewhickey was dreamy . . . Thea was so proud"—so it never feels obvious or punishing. On the other hand, Monks's artwork, of paint and collage, is comic relief of the highest sort, with great clunky shapes, electric colors, and wide expressive eyes. Leave it to the always-witty Monks to make Grandma a witch with skeleton earrings, purple purse, and pointy hat (a fact never mentioned in the text). Will appeal to monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142500729
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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