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Friendly Monsters

Friendly Monsters

by Marcus Pfister

A spectacular monster pop-up picture book that reassures children about the monsters in their closets and under their beds, by the beloved creator of The Rainbow Fish.


A spectacular monster pop-up picture book that reassures children about the monsters in their closets and under their beds, by the beloved creator of The Rainbow Fish.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
For children with lively imaginations, monsters in the closet and under the bed can be downright scary. Pfister addresses that fear in this lift-the-flap book. All four monsters appear on the title page, with one waving hello as the reader pulls the flap forward. Luke and his sister Sophie are looking out the window when Sophie begins to describe the monster she sees at the top of the hill. Luke protests but finally sees it. The reader does, too, as it pops up from the page. Big Green Monster, who is composed of the trees and shrubbery, introduces the children to the monsters in the house. First there is the closet monster, then the under-the-bed monster, and finally the cellar monster. Look carefully, let your imagination run free, and you can see how each monster is well suited to its abode. Do you think those are just clothes, a hanger and suspenders? Open the flaps and you will see how they make up the Closet Monster. Slippers, a hot water bottle, and some under-the-bed odds-and-ends become the Under-the-Bed Monster. Ski boots and a vacuum cleaner stuffed under the basement stairs are part of the Cellar Monster. This light-hearted, imaginative approach with lift-the-flaps and pop-ups is just the thing to assuage a child's fears whether or not it is accompanied by further discussion about monsters. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
Kirkus Reviews
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Like fun they're not: Along with startling, in-your-face entrances, the shaggy tree and closet monsters flash tusks and claws, the cellar monster's head is topped with writhing vacuum-cleaner hoses and the gesticulating bed monster sports a gaping, froglike face. Though the text is less melodramatic-"The monster laughed, and his big green belly shook. 'I am a big fellow,' he said. 'But my friend the Closet Monster is smaller. You won't be afraid of him. Come on. I'll introduce you' "-and on the final spread children and creatures dance off in a yellow-brick-roadish line, this is likely to give unwary preschoolers heebie-jeebies-at least on the first run-through. Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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