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The monsters' monster
2012
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Patrick McDonnell was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on March 17, 1956. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts, he became a freelance illustrator, drawing the Russell Baker Observer column for the New York Times Sunday Magazine from 1978-1993. He also created Bad Baby, a monthly comic strip for Parents Magazine, which ran for 10 years. He regularly contributed to several publications including Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Forbes, and Time. He is coauthor of Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman, published in 1986. <p> In 1994 he created the comic strip MUTTS which appears in over 700 newspapers and 20 countries. He received numerous awards for this strip, including The Reuben for Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society and five Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip. The MUTTS cartoons have been published in sixteen compilation books including MUTTS: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell, The Best of MUTTS, and Shelter Stories: Love. He started writing children's books in 2005. His children's books include The Gift of Nothing, Art, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, South, Guardians of Being, Me...Jane, and The Monsters' Monster. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Topics
Monsters
Shapes and sizes (juvenile topic)
Manners
Children
Halloween
Holidays
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In the 1931 movie Frankenstein, the monster was capable of kindness and innocence, but the villagers turned on him anyway. McDonnell's (Me... Jane) monster is even more prone to acts of sweetness and generosity-much to the dismay of his creators. Three runty, bean-nosed monsters named Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom 'n' Doom (he has two heads) decide to settle their perpetual quarreling about which of them is the meanest by making "a monster monster. The biggest, baddest monster ever!" Like Frankenstein's monster, theirs has the same flat head, neck bolts, and automaton walk. He's strong enough to smash castle walls, but he has unexpectedly lovely manners. His first words are "Dank you!" and his first impulse is to hug the little monsters tight. McDonnell's greatest strength is to explore with tenderness the finest instincts humans show, without making them prissy or maudlin. The monster's goodness (and some jelly doughnuts) transform the three little monsters in an entirely believable way: "Monster looked at them and smiled. They smiled back." Another winner from McDonnell-and good Halloween fare, too. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-1-Three little monsters love to CRASH!, BASH!, and SMASH! Every day they argue over who is the best monster, until they join forces to "make a MONSTER monster. The biggest, baddest monster EVER!" At first, their efforts look successful, but to their horror, the creature's first words after tearing off his bandages are "Dank you." The enormous Frankenstein look-alike contents himself with breathing fresh air and gently greeting the spiders, bats, and rats in the castle. But just as the little monsters begin to despair, Monster lets out a ROAR and smashes through the dungeon wall, heading toward the "monster-fearing village" below. Is he finally off to make mayhem? Or will his exploits end in a lesson for the little monsters about gratitude and sharing? McDonnell's monsters are comic and endearing, and the book's colors gently shift from dark and gloomy to warm as the story progresses. The message is well executed, and the little beasts' exuberance at their badness keeps the tale from devolving into platitudes. This delightful title will provide a new option for "not so scary" monster storytimes.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. <br> In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.
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