We wish for a furry monster,A big, hairy, scary monster,Our own stomping, chomping monster, for Christmas this year! Dear Santa: please bring us a MONSTER for Christmas! This hilarious parody of the traditional carol stars two siblings who want something just a little more special than the usual toys for their Christmas gift. Mom and Dad refuse—so they appeal to a higher power: Santa. And since they’ve been good all year, he delivers. But having a monster in the house may not be all it's cracked up to be . . . as the kids discover when he turns their playroom to rubble and causes tons of trouble. Now, what will they do? Delighted readers will sing along with the merry song.
|Publisher:||Sterling Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||10.87(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Sue Fliess (pronounced “fleece”) has published more than 20 children’s books—11 of them in the last two years (Shoes for Me!, A Dress for Me!, and Let’s Build: all Amazon titles; Tons of Trucks, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Robots, Robots, Everywhere!, How To Be A Pirate, How to Be A Superhero, and The Hug Book: all Little Golden Books; and A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!, published by Albert Whitman & Co.) and has 10 more books under contract. Her picture books have been used as curriculum tools in schools and in museum educational programs. Her background is in copywriting, PR, and marketing, and her articles have appeared in O! (the Oprah Magazine), Huffington Post, Writer's Digest, Education.com, and more. She is thrilled that her OprahMagazine article was chosen for inclusion in O's Little Books of Happiness, which published in March 2015. Sue is available for author visits, speaking engagements, and interviews. Learn more about Sue at suefliess.com and follow her on Twitter at @SueFliess. She lives in northern Virginia. Claudia Ranucci was born in Rome, but now lives in Spain. She runs a small Spanish publishing house in Madrid, and is also a designer and illustrator. Her illustration work has been published in France, Portugal, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Brazil.
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We Wish for a Monster Christmas based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This tale takes on an original Christmas wish—a hairy, scary monster—and insures tons of fun. A brother and sister are ready for Christmas, and this year, they have something special in mind. They want their own monster. Since they were very good children the last year, Santa is more than happy to fulfill their request. The result isn't quite what the kids hoped for, and they have their hands full. Quirky humor is key in this tale, which follows the familiar Christmas carol, We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The fun starts the second that cover is opened. The end papers portray a whimsical line of possible monster wishes as well as a list of their best (or worst?) attributes. From there, the story dives into the song. If it's not read with the song in mind, the rhymes and timing will come across a little off. A reminder that this does follow the song would be helpful in the beginning, but so the reader is left to remember it themselves. As going along, it is fun to sing it and young readers/listeners are more than happy to join in. It can stumble a bit when the verses switch in. That resolves itself by the 2nd or 3rd read-through. . .something which is guaranteed with this book. The tale is quirky and fun. Mom and Dad's reaction to the monster fulfillment will have parents and kids laughing alike. And when chaos begins, it's a sheer delight. The solution is very satisfactory and leaves with a warm feeling just before the ending hits with a hilarious delight. This is a fun book and a different kind of read for Christmas. It is silly with humor at center stage and will have everyone laughing and is great for even young readers/listeners. My kids were singing the refrain again and again. . .probably something that will continue all Christmas long. I received a complimentary copy and found it so fun and silly with quirky humor that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.