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Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama?

Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama?

by Barbara Shook Hazen, Maryann Kovalski (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Harry Monster loves his mama, but he's not so thrilled when she pays special attention to his big brother or his baby sister. He has three special pets (a mole, a slug, and a bat) to share his troubles with, but sometimes they aren't enough. Then Harry's need to be the center of attention deteriorates into powerful tantrums, and finally he demands to know which of the children is Mama Monster's favorite. Clever Mama responds by asking Harry which of his three pets is his favorite, thus allowing him to discover the answer to his own question and to feel important and unique. Bright, cartoon illustrations have many unique details and provide funny punch lines to the text. A good purchase for libraries with large picture book collections or a need for more titles about sibling issues.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Hazen offers a good answer to the eternal question, as well as a delightfully monstrous cast. Little Harry is happy when his mother croons "Euuu, my cute little monster child, / I love the way you warm my wild"-and considerably less so when she pays more attention to big bro Bruxley or little sister Bronwen. Sitting with him on his bed slab after the inevitable tantrum, she fields his titular query by asking him which of his creepy beasties he likes best: Tiny, Slimy or Whiny? Then she tosses his answer-"I love each the most but not the same"-back at him. Kovalski adds icky details (Harry's beasties are, for instance, a hedgehog, a slug and a bat respectively) to cozy subterranean settings featuring a stout, green-furred (one parent) family with a reptilian house pet and a revolting diet. Only the latest of several recent proofs that the long tradition of playing out familiar domestic issues with families of monsters is as active and effective as ever, this one is particularly well-imagined. (Picture book. 6-8)

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8.87(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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