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The Monster in the Backpack (Candlewick Sparks)by Lisa Moser
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Having trouble with your backpack zipper? Maybe there's a monster inside! Annie warms up to the exasperating but lovable creature she finds in her backpack in this humorous story complemented by energetic illustrations.
When Annie unzips her new flowered backpack and finds a monster
Inside, it's hard to say who is more shocked. AAAAHHHH! yells the monster. EEEEEEKKKK! yells Annie. It's a predicament, to be sure, as the monster proceeds to gobble Annie's sandwich, stick gum in her boot, and tear up her homework to use as confetti for an Annie-is-great parade in the middle of class. With a perfectly tuned sense of comic timing, Lisa Moser captures a young girl's transition from annoyance to affection as a funky and disarmingly open-hearted monster makes an untimely appearance. Noah Jones's colorful and expressive illustrations bring these two charming characters brilliantly to life.
"Uncluttered digital illustrations mirror the plot and writing style, outlining major events while creating distinguishing facial expressions." The Horn Book
"Spirited and funny....An offbeat alternative to easy readers depicting more orthodox friendships." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Having trouble with your backpack zipper? Maybe theres a monster inside! A little girl slowly warms up to her unexpected guest in this funny story.
When Annie unzips her backpack and finds a monster inside, its hard to say who is more shocked. "AAAAHHHH!" yells the monster. "EEEEEEKKKK!" yells Annie. Then the monster proceeds to gobble up Annies sandwich, put gum in her boot, and tear up her homework to use as confetti for an "Annie is great" parade during class. With perfect comic timing, this charming story depicts a young girls shift from annoyance to affection as a disarming monster makes an untimely appearance.
With a perfectly tuned sense of comic timing, Moser captures a young girl's transition from annoyance to affection as a funky and disarmingly openhearted monster makes an untimely appearance in her backpack. Full color.
About the Author
Lisa Moser received a degree in early education with a concentration in reading from the University of Iowa. She taught fifth grade and got the idea for The Monster in the Backpack — her first book — seven years ago from one of her students, who couldn't open the zipper on her backpack. "'There must be a monster in there,' I told the girl, and then I began to think, 'What if there really was?'"
Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett, his first children's book. Of The Monster in the Backpack, he says, "I laughed out loud when I first read Lisa's story. I couldn't wait to start drawing. It was especially fun to create a monster who wasn't scary or mean but caused mischief unintentionally and with such gleeful abandon."
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