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Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was 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 gratitudOnce upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was 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....

Title : The Monsters' Monster
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ISBN : 9780316045476
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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The Monsters' Monster Reviews

  • midnightfaerie
    2018-11-17 21:39

    A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.

  • Dolly
    2018-10-27 23:28

    This is a sweet and funny tale and the main characters are immediately recognizable as monster versions of his lovable dogs from his MUTTS comic strip. The story is humorous and the illustrations are terrific. It's not scary and actually helps to teach good manners. While it doesn't have a Halloween theme per se, it's a great time of year to read this fun monster book. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-31 19:34

    School Library Journal( October 01, 2012; 9780316045476 ) PreS-1-Three little monsters love to CRASH!, BASH!, and SMASH! Every day they argue over who is the best monster, until they join forces to "make a MONSTER monster. The biggest, baddest monster EVER!" At first, their efforts look successful, but to their horror, the creature's first words after tearing off his bandages are "Dank you." The enormous Frankenstein look-alike contents himself with breathing fresh air and gently greeting the spiders, bats, and rats in the castle. But just as the little monsters begin to despair, Monster lets out a ROAR and smashes through the dungeon wall, heading toward the "monster-fearing village" below. Is he finally off to make mayhem? Or will his exploits end in a lesson for the little monsters about gratitude and sharing? McDonnell's monsters are comic and endearing, and the book's colors gently shift from dark and gloomy to warm as the story progresses. The message is well executed, and the little beasts' exuberance at their badness keeps the tale from devolving into platitudes. This delightful title will provide a new option for "not so scary" monster storytimes.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.I completely agree with this review. It is refreshing to see a nice monster for once. The creators really want a mean monster but they made a nice one! In the end they all enjoy being friendly! I love the warm feel of the book and the characters "turning good."

  • Crystal Bandel
    2018-10-25 21:32

    The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell, published 2013.Dark fantasy/science fiction.Picture book.Pre-K to grade 2.Found via Library Media Connection, reviewed by Shiela Martina Keaise.Three little monsters are busy worrying about who's the scariest, complete with tantrums and fights. To settle their dispute, they build a big monster, but, surprise!, he's actually a gentle giant. Through spending time with the big monster, the little monsters become kinder, teaching children how even monsters can change for the better. This book has a good mix of entertaining text and quirky illustrations that will keep children entertained, especially if they like monsters. Reviewer Keaise agrees, noting, "Children will enjoy the whimsical story and its creative illustrations that show how one can change for the good. Teachers and librarians will find the easy reading text perfect for storytime." There is little objectionable content here, so long as children are okay reading about not-so-scary monsters.

  • Julie Kirchner
    2018-11-06 01:43

    Sweet story about how a big bad monster teaches three little monsters about kindness and gratitude. Excited to share this with my younger students this week.

  • Rebecca Caufman
    2018-11-02 22:47

    Cute story about who you hang around matters and changing opinions.

  • Tasha
    2018-11-17 19:35

    Grouch, Grump and Gloom ‘n’ Doom just knew they were the biggest monsters around. After all, they lived in a big castle on top of a tall mountain that overlooked a little village. And to top it off, their favorite word to use was “NO!” When the three little monsters got into an argument about who was the biggest and baddest monster of all, they decided to settle it. They built their own huge monster, who came to life after a jolt of electricity. But this big, big monster may not be exactly who they were expecting. A great pick for Halloween tales, this is a playful and silly take on monsters.McDonnell has created three very cross little monsters who would not scare anyone. Yes, they are loud, grumpy and constantly arguing, but they are not frightening thanks to their small size. Then to trump that, he has also written a large monster who could be quite frightening with a personality that will surprise. It makes for a delight of a book. McDonnell’s writing is perfect for reading aloud, setting the right pace and tone to make it a wild rumpus of a read.His art is equally fun, sometimes giving full-page spreads, but also intermingling smaller illustrations filled with movement and zing. The blotches of ink on those pages add to the hustle and bustle of the tone. The art is playful and filled with humor. It will work best shared with smaller groups, since so much of the fun is in the illustrations.Get your hands on this one for Halloween reads, it’s sure to be a favorite and asked for again and again. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  • Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
    2018-11-15 00:28

    An endearing, non-scary story that answers the question “what makes a monster a monster”. Perfect for kids who may see a little bit of themselves in these loveable monsters.Three teeny monsters, Grouch, Grump, and Gloom ‘n’ Doom love thinking they are bad. They smash, crash and huff ‘n puff about nothing, their favorite word is No!, and they get into fights with themselves. One day they create the biggest, baddest monster ever but things don’t quite turn out the way they had expected. The big monster is happy and caring. The little monsters learn a lesson about being grateful.The text and illustrations are amazing. The text uses alliteration, repetitive word structure and is most importantly playful. The illustrations are humorous and cartoon like. Notice how the color tone of the book changes from dull to bright as the story progresses, reflective of the mood. Checkout Great Kid Books review for some sample pages from the book.A wonderful book to read during Halloween or anytime during the year. Since some of the illustrations are on the smaller side (the teeny monsters) this book is best read in small groups.Click here for the original review and activity ideas at Flowering Minds.

  • Liz Hammet
    2018-10-25 18:23

    For my pick for the best 2013 illustrated children's book (Caldecott) I choose "The Monster's Monster" by Patrick McDonnell. The illustrations in the book are magnificent and correlate with the spooky theme of a monster. The story is about three small monsters that create a big monster that resembles Frankenstein. They are hoping that he is going to be the biggest and baddest monster. He turns out teaching the small monsters that being nice is actually the way that he prefers to live. At the end, the monsters gather together on the beach and are peaceful. Patrick McDonnell uses water colors and paints that are dark in the beginning of the book, to give off a spooky feeling. The small monsters are carefully named and quite unique looking that also help to set the mood for the story. The illustration of the monster coming to life is a really neat illustration that correlates with the Frankenstein story. Near the end of the story, when the monster is walking toward the beach, there are also beautiful images. The illustration of the four monsters sitting on the beach really paints a beautiful peaceful moment, that reveals a beautiful message to small children. I think this book would be appropriate for K-4th grade.

  • Beth Maline
    2018-11-15 02:47

    This book, aimed at preschoolers and those in the early grades, is a delight. The artwork is adorable, the Frankenstein type monster these three little monsters create is cute (not scary, sorry) and there is CRASH BASH and SMASH from the little monsters (Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom n'Doom).Their monster creation is strong (he smashes walls) but he also says DANK YOU because he has good manners and he loves his 'masters' and wants to hug them. NOT SCARY, but touching and lovely. You smile all the way through this one.This is a book to share (as I am with my granddaughter, Avery...this is her Halloween present) and she will love it. This year she is going to be a Vampire Princess (because my son has convinced the kids that they are a family of vampires!?!) and I can see her now reading this books to Gracie, her best friend!Another grandma and grandchild story, one that would go well for a senior at storytime at the library - the pictures are funny and make your heart smile! A winner for sure!!!McDonnell, P. (2012). The monsters' monster. New York: Little, Brown.

  • Tricia Douglas
    2018-11-19 19:26

    This is another great new book for 2012, especially cute for the Halloween season. McDonnell tells the story (and illustrates it too with wonderful pictures) of three little monsters who want to make a monsterous monster to scare everyone. All goes well until the monster they make is too nice for what they had planned. They wanted something more terrifying to scare their village and everyone in it. This is where the adults will begin to smile and enjoy the story too. The theme of the book comes out in the last few pages when the monster teaches the important lesson of friendship to the three little monsters. This is a must have and must read book. I simply love it.

  • Karen Arendt
    2018-11-18 20:47

    I love this story! It would be great for Halloween but also perfect for by time of year when your children (or students) are acting like monsters and need reminding. Three little monsters often fight over who is the baddest monster until one day they create the biggest, baddest monster. Only he turns out to note so big and bad. The illustrations are adorable with soft greens and blues. The little monsters are each uniquely shaped and the created monster does not look the least bit scary- perfect for the story.

  • Bari
    2018-11-08 22:41

    This is an adorable picture book that is similar to Frankenstein. However in this version the monster is very nice and not scary at all. 3 little monsters, Grouch, Grump and little Gloom 'n' Doom created Monster to be the biggest and baddest monster ever. However, they were in for a surprise. The monster they created ends up giving them a lesson in being thankful. I also love the illustrations.Monsters' Monster would make a good non-scary Halloween story or if your looking fora great picture book with unique illustrations, I would recommend this book.

  • Deniss
    2018-11-15 23:47

    ¡Qué lindo libro! La historia es tan bonita como las ilustraciones, y hay un buen balance entre los monstruos y el mensaje buena onda que quiere dar, sin ser ñoño o cursi. Solo me hubiera gustado que fuera más largo, pero para niños chiquitos está muy bien.

  • Sandi
    2018-10-23 22:19

    It's not often a book comes along that's fun, riotous, peaceful and charming, but The Monsters' Monster manages it. Three little terrors decide to create a monsters' monster, but the results aren't exactly what they'd expect. :)

  • Beth
    2018-11-08 19:25

    An adorable, feel-good story about a trio of monsters who create a monsters' MONSTER to be the biggest, baddest monster of all time, but what they get instead is a gentle giant who is just happy to be alive.

  • Holly
    2018-11-14 18:41

    What a funny story about three rough and tumble monsters who create the biggest, baddest monster of them all. He isn't what they expected, though, and he teaches them all something about kindness and joy.

  • Deb
    2018-10-25 21:35

    I like how the monsters' creation ends up different than they expect and how that is a very good thing. Cute, uplifting, fun, and the perfect book on a glum day.

  • Bob
    2018-11-12 02:44

    I'm starting to think McDonnell's picturebooks are better than Mutts.

  • Jeana
    2018-11-01 20:25

    This book is sweet as a jelly donut. I think it would be incredibly fun to read aloud with your favorite youngster.

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2018-10-19 22:36

    We could all use some reminders of the need for simple gratitude. Done with humor but really sweet.

  • Jessica Reyes
    2018-11-03 22:40

    McDonnell, Patrick. The Monsters' Monster. London: Little, Brown Young Readers, 2012. Print."The Monsters' Monster" brought a lot of illustration and a twist to traditional views on monsters. The story of Grouch, Grump, and Gloom 'n' Doom starts off by showing them as trying to find the baddest and biggest monster. There creation of monster is nothing of what they expect. The biggest baddest monster is bad at all, rather he is very kind with manners. I felt like Patrick McDonnell did this on purpose to show that not all monsters are bad and they can surprise you. Not everything is what it seems. This book steps away from the stereotypes of monsters and bringing up the concept of stereotypes. A perfect book for Kindergartens.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-08 02:35

    I loved this whole story! Grouch, Grump, and Gloom'n'Doom are three monsters who live together but constantly fight over who is the best monster. Eventually they decide to create the best monster together, but when their monster comes to life, he's not at all what they expected. A fun tale of expectations, manners, and friendship that isn't scary and doesn't have to be Halloween related. Perfect for a monster-themed preschool story time.

  • LynnDavidson
    2018-11-07 20:43

    Three little monsters thought they were big and bad and scary. Every day they argued over who was the best at being a monster, until they decided to settle it by making a MONSTER monster - even more big and bad than themselves. This story is quite funny. The monster is much like Frankenstein in appearance, but his personality is very different. Children will love the surprise of this story.

  • Roger
    2018-10-27 20:41

    The story and artwork are both excellent. I especially liked the dark monster castle, the monster-fearing village, and the beach scenes. And the dedication quote: “Once you realize what you are, there’s nothing left but gratitude and laughter. — Byron Katie”

  • Kelly
    2018-10-20 23:47

    McDonnell writes a cute book about three little monsters who create their own monster, hoping he'll be really scary. But that's the cute part of the book...the way the monster turns out.And beautiful, wonderful McDonnell illustrating.

  • Alicia
    2018-11-11 23:33

    This is my kids' new favorite book...

  • Sara
    2018-11-01 18:37

    Awwww. Very sweet. Fun phrasing, mildly rhyming on occasion, with great action words. Fun illustrations. But for me, mostly a very sweet story about gratitude, good manners, and simple joys.

  • Carmen
    2018-11-18 18:38

    This was a neat story about how we perceive others. My mom Really liked it so 5 stars.It was a bit long for me but maybe when I'm a year old I will be able to listen to it all in one sitting.

  • Perfumegirl
    2018-11-08 02:44

    cute story, nice illustrations, but it did not keep my grandson's attention at all.