Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Hungry Monster ABC

Hungry Monster ABC
Hungry Monster ABC by Susan O'Keefe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hungry Monster ABC is a great board book to sit and read with a child learning his or her alphabet. The rhyming text begs to be read aloud, and the pictures of the hungry monsters running amok in school are too great not to be shared-- there's even a 'bite' taken out of the corner of the book. Ten hungry monsters arrive at a boy's school, and he teaches them the alphabet using common objects (mostly food, since they're so hungry) to help the monsters understand. "W's for Wiffle ball. (In gym they'll show you how.) But Wiffles aren't waffles. The monsters know that now." There is a lot of silly humor in the rhyming. The boy can't find examples for X, Y, and Z, so the monsters call up their friends X-Ray Man, Yeti, and Zombie to help out. The teacher has to get all of the monsters out of her classroom: ""It's time to stop," Ms. Tubbins says, "and drive out every pest! Here are words each monster hates: Homework, grades, and test!"" The illustration shows her brandishing homework and exams at the cowering monsters. On the next page, the book ends with: "Then ten hungry monsters and monster buddies, too, jump right out the window but-- Ms. Tubbins grabs my shoe." The illustration shows Ms. Tubbins just managing to grab the boy's leg as he's about to flee from the classroom with the monsters, away from the dreaded homework. Recommended.

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