What do you dread eating the most? For the hero of this story, it’s peas, and he thinks 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. First the deal is simple: the monster will eat the boy’s peas in exchange for his soccer ball. But with each new encounter, the monster’s demands escalate. Eventually, our hero faces a daunting decisioncan he conquer his loathing for peas or will he lose his most prized possession?
Matt Faulkner’s uproariously detailed illustrations and Danny Schnitzlein’s Seuss-inspired verse combine to create a clever story about how far we are willing to go to avoid doing the things we hate.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Danny Schnitzlein studied creative writing at Eckerd College and holds a BS degree from the University of Florida. He lives in Georgia.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Moving story about the consequences of shifting one's personal responsibilities onto another. *How much would you be willing to pay to have someone do what you could do but despise/fear without just cause?*
As the boy sits at the dinner table staring at the peas on his plate his mother very seriously tells him he will not get his dessert unless he eat every single peas on his plate. When she leaves the room a monster that looks like a giant blog of mixed veggies offter to eat his peas in exchange for his soccer ball. The monster continues to return offering to eat whatever the boy did not want to eat and he always wanted something that was very special to the boy. Would you give up things that are special to you just so you would not have to eat something you disliked? Could you lie to your parents and tell them you ate all of your food? This story was fun with all the rhymes that I now have stuck in my head. The author have a hilarious imagination to write such a fun rhyming tale. So did the illustrator in creating the perfect characters for the tale, especially the grotesque monster, the darling baby and cute puppy. Kids will want to read or have this book read to them over and over again. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book by Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Checked this book out from the library. Loved it so much that I not only bought a copy for my kids, have also given as gifts. Very fun, clever, great 'moral of the story', and awesome artwork.
We checked this book out at the library and my girls (ages 8, 6, and 6) loved it so much I'm going to buy it for our library. Clever ryhming with a delightful story.