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No more monsters for me!
Parish, Peggy.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [between 1990-1999]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Minneapolis Simpkin is not allowed to have a pet, so she finds the most unusual replacement.
Reading Level:
70 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 7385.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 08429 Guided reading level: J.
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READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

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A young girl wants to keep a monster for a pet.

Author Notes

Peggy Parish was born in Manning, South Carolina on July 14, 1927. She attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While visiting her brother in Kentucky, Parish was persuaded to enter the teaching profession. After teaching creative dancing to young children, she moved to Oklahoma and taught third grade in the Panhandle, in addition to teaching dance and producing community shows.

Parish's first book, My Golden Book of Manners, was published in 1961, followed by Let's Be Indians in 1962. A parent of one of the students, who was an editor of adult books, found out she was trying to break into the writing field and introduced her to an editor at Harper who helped improve her skills as a storyteller. This, of course, led to her biggest breakthrough, the creation of Amelia Bedelia in 1963.

Parish eventually wrote 11 more Amelia Bedelia books as well as a number of mystery novels, and arts and crafts books. Among these other titles are Haunted House, Dinosaur Time, The Chimp That Went to School and Let's Celebrate: Holiday Decorations You Can Make. In addition to writing books, Parish did television pieces on preschool education and children's books, wrote book review columns and led a number of in-service training workshops for teachers.

Parish died of an aneurysm on November 19, 1988. Her nephew, Herman Parish, continues to recreate new titles in the Amelia Bedelia series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-When Minneapolis Simpkin and her mother disagree on the importance of a pet, the girl storms out of the house. She finds a baby monster in some bushes and takes it home, where it eats more and more and grows larger and larger-making it difficult to keep it hidden from her mother. Peggy Parish's simple text (HarperCollins, 1981), accompanied by Marc Simont's delightful illustrations, makes this an intriguing early reader. The narration is paced slowly enough so that listeners can follow along in the book. Page-turn signals are optional. Perfect for use in the classroom at a reading station or during a story time program.-Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.