Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living With Your Monster

by Laura Numeroff, Illustrations by Nate Evans

HarperCollins, March, 2002.
Picture Book, 32 pages.
ISBN: 0066238226
Ages Baby - Preschool

Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living With Your Monster by Laura Numeroff Books that have turned the irrational childhood fears of monsters into friendly relationships with such creatures are beloved by all children. Authors that write such books are among everyone's favorites. Laura Numeroff, who gave us the much-acclaimed If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, has come up with the fanciful 10-Step Guide to Living with your Monster. Nate Evans, who claims to have seen his first monster in the backyard of his home, has provided large drawings of fanciful monsters with benign smiles and a propensity for getting into ridiculous situations.

This handy guide chronicles all of the problems and some of the pleasures of owning a monster. Step one admonishes the young person not to choose the monster who grabs you and tries to eat your shirt. The future monster owner will do much better if he chooses a monster who is partially trained, such as one who can tie his own shoes and play the banjo. Since monsters eat a great deal, it is suggested that it would be easier for the family to move next door to the pet store. One of the most helpful suggestions is that one should not play fetch with a monster and the illustration shows us why. The monster is fetching an uprooted tree, a trick which will not endear one with the grownup world. This helpful guide will prove invaluable to the first time monster owner and his family, or if one is merely contemplating owning a monster it will help with the selection and proper care of one's new pet.

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This review was published in the May, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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