“The rhymes flow, begging to be read aloud. Faulkner has created a truly disgusting monster with hairy feet and icky toenails, covered with slimy vegetables, too big for the page. Children will clamor to hear this one again and again.” ―School Library Journal
What do you dread eating the most? For one young boy, it’s peas, but he’s discovered a solution.
“I closed my eyes tightly and sent out a wish
That the peas would somehow disappear from my dish
And something quite strange and mysterious occurred,
As if somehow… somebody… somewhere had heard.”
He makes a bargain with a fiendishly funny monster who will eat the boy’s peas in exchange for a soccer ball. But with each new encounter, the monster’s demands escalate. Eventually, our hero faces a daunting decision―can he conquer his loathing for peas, or will he lose his most prized possession?
Danny Schnitzlein’s Seuss-inspired verse combine with Matt Faulkner’s uproariously detailed illustrations to create a clever story about how far we’re willing to go to avoid the things we hate.
Also available from Danny Schnitzlein:
Gnu and Shrew
The Monster Who Did My Math
Trick or Treat on Monster Street
Virginia Readers’ Choice (Primary Winner) ―Virginia State Reading Association
Young Hoosier Book Award (Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Maryland Educational Media Organization
Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award (Nominee) ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians
About the Author
Matt Faulkner has written and illustrated a number of books, including The Black Belt, The Amazing Voyage of Jackie Grace, The Moon Clock, The Twelve Wild Geese, and The Giving Season. He has also illustrated Trick or Treat on Monster Street, The Monster Who Ate My Peas, and Scatter Brain Sam. In addition to writing and illustrating books for children, Faulkner also creates illustrations for national newspapers and magazines.