Synopses & Reviews
Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. But when they decide to build a huge monster of their own, he isn't exactly what the creatures were expecting. He's happy. He giggles. He's just grateful to be alive. And he has a lesson for his grouchy creators that only takes two little words.
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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor book Me . . . Jane
, winner of the 2012 Charlotte Zolotow Award and a New York Times
Best Illustrated Children's Book. He is also the creator of the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which features the characters that star in five of his previous picture books, The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, Just Like Heaven, Wag!
, and South
. He has also written and illustrated the award-winning picture book Art.
Patrick is a member of the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their two formerly feral cats, MeeMow and Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie. Patrick's website is www.muttscomics.com.