This Monster Cannot Wait!

This Monster Cannot Wait!

by Bethany Barton
     
 

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Irrepressible Stewart the monster is back, and he has big news: He's going camping in five days! But if he could just change the clocks, build a time machine, or make this book move faster, he could go camping NOW. Of course, Stewart's parents know that good things come to those who wait – and eventually Stewart will learn that, too.

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Irrepressible Stewart the monster is back, and he has big news: He's going camping in five days! But if he could just change the clocks, build a time machine, or make this book move faster, he could go camping NOW. Of course, Stewart's parents know that good things come to those who wait – and eventually Stewart will learn that, too.

In this hilarious follow-up to This Monster Needs a Haircut, Bethany Barton channels her inner preschooler and shows readers that even the most exuberant, enthusiastic, in-the-moment monsters can be persuaded to wait. Eventually.

Editorial Reviews

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"Toothy and unkempt, with wild eyes and a temper tantrum of a roar-“I wanna go camping NOW!”-Stewart fully embodies a preschooler who has not yet mastered the art of waiting. Barton's sprawling, hand-lettered text and its buoyant placement match the urgency of Stewart's desperation." - Kirkus Reviews

"The sprawling text printed in capital letters emphasizes Stewart's impatience, and the quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations add many humorous moments to the story." - School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Stewart, a green-haired, purple monster, is very excited about his first camping trip; however, he finds that waiting a week for the event is very challenging. Stewart cannot wait for vacation. He has his camping gear, (i.e. flashlight, sleeping bag, and more) ready. In response to his impatience, Stewart changes the clocks, adjusts the calendar, creates a time machine, and even tries to move the story itself along faster. On the other hand, at school, Feliz who is Stewart's friend does not want vacation to come because she will miss her friends, teacher, and class pet. As time moves steady forward, the two friends come to a realization and a suitable conclusion. The pictures of the characters stand out on the white background. The text is in mostly capital letters. Comments from the characters are not in speech bubbles. Children who enjoyed This Monster Needs a Haircut will enjoy this next humorous adventure with Stewart and his tangle with time. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Stewart, introduced in This Monster Needs a Haircut (Dial, 2012), returns to learn a lesson about patience. Looking forward to vacation, he wishes he could make time go faster. Although his mom tries to teach him that good things come to those who wait, he wants to go camping "NOW!" In despair, he asks his dad, "I'm never going camping, am I…? When he realizes that the picture book he is in will conclude with the much-anticipated trip, he tries to move the story along by tearing at the pages, and he receives a time-out from his parents. At school, Stewart's friend Feliz says she does not want vacation time to arrive because she'll miss all her classmates. Stewart tells her, "You're so worried about next week that you're missing right now!!" The impatient monster admits that he, too, should make the most of the present. When the big day finally arrives, he shouts, "It was totally worth the wait." The sprawling text printed in capital letters emphasizes Stewart's impatience, and the quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations add many humorous moments to the story. The spread portraying the camping trip is especially striking: the glory of the natural setting provides a beautiful backdrop for Stewart and Feliz as they toast marshmallows. Pair this lighthearted lesson with another amusing monster-centered story, Kent Redeker's Don't Squish the Sasquatch! (Hyperion, 2012).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Stewart, from This Monster Needs a Haircut (2012), is going camping for the first time, and he (literally) cannot wait. The camping trip is five whole days away. That is agony for such an impulsive and excitable monster. (Even on the title page, he's already urging readers to "Just read the book already!") In the hopes of speeding things up, Stewart paints the clocks, changes the calendar and even builds a time machine--but nothing works. Then Stewart realizes that if he could just make the end of the story come faster, camping would come faster too! Crumbling the fourth wall for readers, he reaches down to tug at the corners of the pages, while eagerly ripping another completely in half. Fortunately, Stewart's parents are not amused and make him tape the book back together. Toothy and unkempt, with wild eyes and a temper tantrum of a roar--"I wanna go camping NOW!"--Stewart fully embodies a preschooler who has not yet mastered the art of waiting. Barton's sprawling, hand-lettered text and its buoyant placement match the urgency of Stewart's desperation. Patience is certainly a virtue, and one that is difficult to learn. For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101627570
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/18/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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"Toothy and unkempt, with wild eyes and a temper tantrum of a roar—“I wanna go camping NOW!”—Stewart fully embodies a preschooler who has not yet mastered the art of waiting. Barton’s sprawling, hand-lettered text and its buoyant placement match the urgency of Stewart’s desperation." - Kirkus Reviews

"The sprawling text printed in capital letters emphasizes Stewart’s impatience, and the quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations add many humorous moments to the story." - School Library Journal
 

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