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Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie
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Thelonius Monster once swallowed a fly, and decided that flies would taste grand in a pie. That silly guy!
Judy Sierras funny read-aloud romp presents a monster that children will love as he makes a goo-filled crust, lures hundreds and thousands of succulent flies into it, and invites his “disgusting-ist” friends and relations to a gala fly-pie party. “How it glistens! And listen—it hums!” shout the ravenous monsters. But just as his guests are about to dig in—the pie flies off. “Bye, bye, fly pie.”
Judy Sierras story in rhyme begs to be read aloud during Halloween season or any season, and Edward Korens signature hairy monsters capture all the humor of this deliciously gross tale.
"With its outr humor and delectable black-and-white cartoon illustrations (with just a touch of lime green), this 'revolting rhyme' fits squarely in the tradition of 'poop fiction' and will undoubtedly appeal to the Captain Underpants crowd. Unlike the proverbial little old lady who swallowed a fly, Thelonius Monster decides that the scrumptious fly he has eaten 'would taste grand in a pie.' From that point on, Sierra's (Wild About Books) silly rhyme grows more and more deliciously repulsive, but Koren's (Very Hairy Harry) endearing shaggy monsters leaven the half-baked tale with just the right amount of deadpan humor. He characterizes the hero as an earnest fly-collector, 'stealthily follow[ing] a horse and a dog and a cat and a cow... and spen[ding] several hours near a pile of manure.' At least 'eleventeen ravenous monsters' carrying pitchfork-sized forks rumba around the unbaked fly pie that glistens with hundreds of stuck green-winged specimens ('perhaps they'll die,' warns the text). Just as the monsters prepare to dig in, the flies levitate the giant pie until ('by a stroke of incredible luck') their feet become unstuck. The uneven font size cleverly helps to coach inexperienced readers for a dramatic read-aloud. Despite a topic that may be too monstrous for some, Koren's outstanding illustrations should be seen by all. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Sierra's funny read-aloud romp presents a monster that makes a goo-filled crust, lures hundreds and thousands of succulent flies into it, and invites his "disgusting-ist" friends and relations to a gala fly-pie party. Illustrations.
About the Author
Judy Sierra is the author of Wild About Books which was a New York Times #1 picture book best seller and the winner of the 2005 E.B.White Read Aloud Award, given by the Association of Booksellers for Children. The author lives in Castro Valley, California.
Edward Koren has published nearly 1,000 cartoons in The New Yorker magazine. He has illustrated How to Eat Like a Child by Delia Ephron, A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle, and Pet Peeves by George Plimpton.The illustrator lives in Brooksfield, Vermont.
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