The day the Turner family gets their very own monster is a momentous event in the neighborhood. Everyone gathers for the occasion. The monster can roar louder than a lion, leap down the stairs better than any Slinky, and eat grass so no one needs to mow. Based on the Turners’ experience, investing in a monster seems like a great idea!
Except, the monster that shows up isn’t the monster they ordered at all. Their monster likes to pull pranks and paint murals, and when he eats grass, he gets gas! He isn’t a good baker and he smells! Will the family return their defective monster? Or will the monster find a way to win their love?
That’s Not the Monster We Ordered is a fun twist on household pets but full of enough silly antics to warrant rereads. As in Gorillas in Our Midst and My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur, Fairgray and Jones have blended imagination into the real world, creating an entertaining story everyone will enjoy.
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|Product dimensions:||10.30(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Richard Fairgray was born and raised in New Zealand and has been publishing since he was seven years old. He has been working exclusively in comics for the last seven years with longtime collaborator Terry Jones. Their main work together is the ongoing series Blastosaurus. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
Tara Black is the cowriter and artist on the daily webcomic I Fight Crime, which has been running since 2009, producing over 1,800 strips. She has been coloring Richard and Terry’s work since 2010, most notably on Blastosaurus, as well as several picture books and comic side projects. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her dog and her husband, both of whom wish to remain anonymous.
Terry Jones was born in Wales. He taught high schoolaged kids in the United Kingdom for many years before immigrating to New Zealand. He has written newspaper and magazine articles, some nonfiction works, and two novels, The Left-Handed Gun and The R.U.M.B.L.E.R. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
That’s Not The Monster We Ordered is super cute!! The Turner Family just got a monster!! It’s the talk of the town! This monster is so amazing! Everyone on the street is super jealous!! (As I was reading this book to the five-year-old, I was thinking ‘this must have been how my Grandparents felt when the lady upstairs bought the first TV in the apartment building’)The entire neighborhood gathers to see the new Monster. The monster, named Slinky does everything from eat grass so no one has to mow the yard (ummmm where can I order my own monster? Please?!) Slinky can skateboard, roar like a lion and do all around cool THINGS!! Slinky even carried all the kids home from school so they didn’t have to spend their bus money! So what do you do? You ask Mom. Who of course says no. Pfftt fine. Ask Dad. Who of course said ‘go ask Mom’. Mom has dozens of responses why a monster can’t be ordered. Eventually a monster is ordered (you knew that was coming!); not just any monster!! Nooooo, the family orders the loudest, fastest, time-travelingst, grass eating, weatherproof monster on the whole website. Except, the monster that shows up isn’t the monster they ordered at all. Their monster likes to pull pranks and paint murals, and when he eats grass, he gets gas! He isn’t a good baker and he smells! Will the family return their defective monster? Or will the monster find a way to win their love? Seriously, when are monster farts not funny?? I love when books have little bits of adult humor; like Kraken Me Up. The monsters in the book are cute, adorable and not at all scary. I don’t think that the monsters would scare even the youngest kids. Absolutely fun book! The five-year-old and I highly recommend this one!!
That's Not the Monster We Ordered by Tara Black is an amazingly fun book for kids! It's an extremely fun twist on household pets that is sure to make kids smile. That's Not the Monster We Ordered by Tara Black has quickly become one of my kids favorite books. When they saw the monster on the cover they weren't too sure what to expect but as soon as I began to read the book to them, they were in love! My kids love the silly antics throughout this book and I can't even tell you how many times they bring this book to me to read throughout the day. They even bribe their older sister to read it too them when I can't read it to them. The illustrations are also extremely fun and entertaining. I highly recommend this book as I'm sure it will be a favorite in your home just like it is mine! Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.