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When a Monster Is Born
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Sean Taylor is a graduate of Cambridge University and has worked as a publisher, journalist, and teacher. He has lived in Zimbabwe and Brazil, from where he has just returned to his native England.Nick Sharrat has illustrated many books for children, including the bestselling novels of Jacqueline Wilson. He lives in London.

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PreS-Gr 1-Fittingly, this book's large size, dramatic black backgrounds, and bold colors leap off the page at readers, just like a monster jumping out of a closet. Based on a traditional Brazilian poem, the story looks at the many possibilities created by the birth of a monster: "either it's a faraway-in-the-forests monster, or-it's an under-your-bed monster." For each set of choices there is a dead-end option ("If it eats you, that's that."), and an option that leads to two more possibilities. Following a series of wild twists, in which a principal is eaten and a kitchen girl dumps porridge on a monster's head, the tale comes full circle to the birth of a new monster and the original set of possibilities. Bright colors and a wild variety of fonts burst out from each page, and the potential scariness of the monster is tempered by its round body, buck teeth, and fuzzy hair. Various colors, textured fabrics, and other materials fill in the cartoon line drawings. Tiny leaves create the bushes and grass, the monster's hair is full of swirls, and the porridge contains lumps. With its zany humor, skillful timing of page turns, and over-the-top story line, this is an engaging tale that children will respond to and request again and again.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Fittingly, this book's large size, dramatic black backgrounds, and bold colors leap off the page at readers, just like a monster jumping out of a closet. . . . With its zany humor, skillful timing of page turns, and over-the-top story line, this is an engaging tale that children will respond to and request again and again."--"School Library Journal"
"More slapstick than scary, this monster picture book, the author's debut, is a deliciously silly, circular tale. . . . Bright, funny, and interactive, this is just the thing for a sugared-up, restless story-hour crowd."--"Booklist"
"In the fine tradition of Laura Numeroff's "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" (1985) and Remy Charlip's "Fortunately" (1980) comes this British import sure to have little monsters everywhere asking to hear it again. . . . Sharratt's heavy-lined cartoon illustrations are a perfect match for Taylor's debut. Multiple typefaces will aid even the clumsiest readers in making this a storytime staple."--"Kirkus Reviews" "The hilarious possibilities in the predictable structure and the bright mixed-media illustrations against alternating black and white backgrounds make this a great choice for storytime."--"The Horn Book"


Fittingly, this book's large size, dramatic black backgrounds, and bold colors leap off the page at readers, just like a monster jumping out of a closet. . . . With its zany humor, skillful timing of page turns, and over-the-top story line, this is an engaging tale that children will respond to and request again and again. "School Library Journal" More slapstick than scary, this monster picture book, the author's debut, is a deliciously silly, circular tale. . . . Bright, funny, and interactive, this is just the thing for a sugared-up, restless story-hour crowd. "Booklist" In the fine tradition of Laura Numeroff's "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" (1985) and Remy Charlip's "Fortunately" (1980) comes this British import sure to have little monsters everywhere asking to hear it again. . . . Sharratt's heavy-lined cartoon illustrations are a perfect match for Taylor's debut. Multiple typefaces will aid even the clumsiest readers in making this a storytime staple. "Kirkus Reviews" The hilarious possibilities in the predictable structure and the bright mixed-media illustrations against alternating black and white backgrounds make this a great choice for storytime. "The Horn Book""

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