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One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme [Hardcover]

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe , Lynn Munsinger
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April 3 1989
At bedtime a small boy tries to control ten insatiable monsters demanding food and creating chaos throughout the house.

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From Publishers Weekly

A young boy encounters 10 hungry monsters in this counting book in rhyme. The night begins with one hungry monster "begging to be fed," and before the 10th monster arrives, chandeliers are swung on, sneakers are chewed and a rug is ravaged for a "tasty bug." The boy's attempt to get rid of the gluttonous monsters--by offering a wide range of foods, from pickled pears to pizza--fails, and the action continues until the boy throws a tantrum and the monsters sheepishly exit toward the chimney. O'Keefe's verse abounds with carefree, playful imagery while Munsinger's monsters are suitably pudgy and wide-eyed. They perfectly convey their imposing, excessive indulgences. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Counting rhymes, an entertaining, although sometimes predictable text, and a large portion of humor combine to make this book one that should be a favorite with primary-aged readers. One by one, ten monsters join the chaotic going-ons in a little boy's house. Once they all arrive, the little boy is faced with "Ten hungry monsters,/ about to fuss and kick,/ won't get out, they tell me,/ unless I feed them quick!" And so he does. He brings out ". . .1 jug of apple juice,/ 2 loaves of bread . . ," until the monsters have spaghetti, eggplant, pears, pumpkins, turkeys, pizza pies, watermelons, and jars of peanut butter. But even then the monsters are not content, and they create havoc in the house until the boy insists that they leave. While he enjoys the muffin he had hidden, a monster peeks out of the fireplace--a detail that won't go unnoticed by young readers. Munsinger's illustrations of the monsters are better than those of the boy; they're a delight. Not too scary, they're just ugly enough to fit the part. The details make the illustrations overflow with humor. A story that young readers will enjoy again and again and again. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Iowa
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful , fun counting book for kids! June 3 1998
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This book has grown up with both of my sons over the last ten years. I would venture to guess that I read it to my oldest son at least once a night for three or four years, and the same again for my youngest son when he became old enough to enjoy it. As frightning as the name may be there is nothing grotesque or macabre about it. It is simply a fun romp through the house with ten hungry "monsters" that want to eat everything in sight. The monsters are no more threatening than the family dog, but the rhymes and situations are endlessly entertaining to young children. Though I haven't read the book in years I believe I can still recite it verse for verse. One hungry monster underneath my bed, moaning and groaning and begging to be fed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boys go Bananas! Dec 12 2002
Format:Library Binding
Monsters and 5-year-old boys and addictive poetry that you'll recite for months from memory -- what a great combination. The monsters throw food, hang from chandaliers, paint their mouths with peanut butter, put spaghetti on their heads (and more!) which are all things my child attempts on occasion. Then the boy in the book gets mad and yells at them (like me, the parent) and then the monsters are very sorry (like my kid, after his timeout). And the book counts forward and backward (to-from 10), so it's educational, too. I usually borrow counting books from the library, but this is one you will want to own!
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The "Hungry Monsters" are not at all frightening in fact quite endearing. The story is written in rythmn which appeals to both my two year old and four year old, there is amusement for both old and young in this book. We borrowed this book from the Library last week and we all enjoyed it so much that I decided to buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not just a book, an experience Nov. 16 2000
Borrowed this book from the school library and can't get enough of it. Each time we pick it up, there is something new to discover, the 5 purple eggplants, 6 pickled pears... My son is still looking for the jam. the rhyme flows nicely into a song. We'll be buying our own copy and looking for more by this author.
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