Numeroff and Evans provide a carefully and comically outlandish outline to the parameters of monster (aka pet) ownership. To illustrate their advice, they focus on one relationship between a boy and a monster, from the first step the purchase itself at a kind of monster animal shelter ("Do not pick one who grabs you and starts to eat your shirt") to the 10th step, managing tuck-in time ("Counting sheep will make him hungry"). Evans emphasizes the monster's girth with full-bleed pictures of him nearly spilling off the page. Festooned with a host of goofily grotesque features polka-dotted belly, striped tail and nose horn, blue hair the monster, with his bright, happy eyes and avid grin, brings to mind an oversize, eager-to-please dog (children will also gleefully note the monster's fondness for red sneakers and a beanie cap). Numeroff's poker-face prose makes the perfect foil for these visual hijinks. In Step 5, she soberly advises, "Do not play fetch with your monster. Save this for your dog or little brother," while Evans shows the monster running after a ball, then returning to his owner with not only the ball, but the entire tree in which it landed. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Laura Numeroff, the author of "If you give a mouse a cookie" has done it again. She has created an enchanting guide on living with a monster, which will delight children (and adults, too). The book will give you guidelines to teach your monster to sit, take a bath, and even give him a name. This delightful book will teach children how to follow directions (albeit imaginary ones), in a particular order. The witty and colorful illustrations which show children how to give a bath, to the outside cover with quotes form people like, Dr. Ken WeeKeepim show the creativity of this book. The monsters inside of the book are anything but scary, (even the one who tries to eat the child's shirt), and after reading this book any monster owner will know better ways to care for his pet. This book will make you smile, and it will be one that children will want to repeat again and again. 2002, HarperCollins Publishers,
PreS-Gr 2-This silly picture book lacks the playful segues of Numeroff's "If You " series and the visual charm of Felicia Bond's illustrations. Two-, three-, and four-page "steps" enumerate the dos and don'ts of adopting and caring for an imaginary multicolored playmate. Evans's eager green monster with purple polka dots will make preschoolers giggle. Its puppy kidlike qualities (crying at the doctor's office, dutifully fetching the whole tree rather than the ball lodged in a branch, playing with a ducky in the tub) and the bedtime closing-reading your monster to sleep and kissing him good night-are touching. But with all the excitement of domesticating a monster, you'd think the paintings and prose would be a bit less stiff.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.