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Seven scary monsters
Lundgren, Mary Beth.
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New York : Clarion Books, 2003.
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32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
At bedtime, a little boy vanquishes the seven monsters that inhabit his room and tells them not to come back.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 72793.
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Best-selling illustrator Howard Fine teams up with Mary Beth Lundgren to create a not-too-scary bedtime book about monsters. When the lights go off and seven scary monsters come out to make mischief, a young boy uses his imagination to eliminate them, one by one. Using monster-zapping inventions made from objects in his room, the boy finds the confidence to conquer what frightens him most. This funny and reassuring book, with its spirited rhymed text and humorous illustrations depicting a cast of lovable creatures, is a surefire weapon against a common childhood fear.

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Howard Fine is the illustrator of many popular picture books. He lives with his family in White Plains, New York.Visit his website at . "

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A septet of ghouls and goblins occupies the young narrator's bedroom at night, and he wants them gone-a task he carries out, monster by monster, with some terrific kid ingenuity (such as turning a taped-together baseball bat and flashlight into an energizing zapper), and a magic refrain "Rick! Rack! Wrinkleshack!/ Don't you dare come back!" What sets this tale apart are the monsters themselves-a group that Fine (Broom Mates, reviewed above) wittily renders in thickly applied pastels and portrays from a variety of vertiginous angles. Among the bunch: a hulking, purple-furred, chicken mutant and a diminutive monocled Cyclops with crab claws who bears a slight resemblance to Peter Lorre. Lundgren (Love, Sara) chronicles their diabolism in snappy quatrains: "Four scary monsters/ crashing my computer./ One chomps a file./ I load my monster shooter." But this brand of menace (which also encompasses scaring the boy's goldfish and pouncing on his stuffed giraffe) is hardly nefarious, and youngsters will get both a giggle and a sense of empowerment from the boy's triumphs. In fact, the mischievous motley crew is quite endearing, and after the boy expels the last monster (brandishing the phone, he yells, "Go home!... I called your dad./ See? It's dark, and-Wow!-he's mad"), readers will sympathize when the lonely fellow finds himself uttering one more incantation: "Rick! Rack! Wrinkleshack!/ Monsters, please come back!" Ages 4-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-The illustrator of Margie Palatini's Piggie Pie! (Clarion, 1995) again struts his imaginative stuff with a mishmash of fiends ranging from a blue-jeaned cyclops with lobster claws to an alligator in a green fright wig. The narrator relays in rhyme the reasons and methods for dispensing with these pests, in descending order from seven to one. When number six rips a book, the boy sucks him up in a vacuum. Another tool is a "monster shooter" made of a flashlight taped to a baseball bat. As each creature disappears, the boy shouts "Rick! Rack! Wrinkleshack! Don't you dare come back!" a fine refrain for storyhour participation. However, Lundgren's rhythms often falter, and she uses sound effects to fill in when a rhyme scheme gets tough. Since youngsters are mad for monsters, this mischievous romp may find an audience for the illustrations alone.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.