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Monster needs a Christmas tree
Czajak, Paul, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Scarletta Kids, [2014]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
On the day before Christmas, Monster knows he needs a special tree but there are so many fun things to do, including having a snowball fight, sledding, and visiting Santa, that finding the perfect tree may take some creativity.
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It's almost Christmastime, and Monster needs a tree. But the holidays are filled with joy and so many fun things to do! After snowballs, sleds, and Santa Claus, will he find a tree in time? In this festive, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that with a little creativity, a tree can be perfect any way you look at it.

Author Notes

Paul Czajak got an F with the words "get a tutor" on his college writing paper and, after that, he never thought he'd become a writer. But after spending twenty years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Paul lives in New Jersey with his wife and two little monsters. In addition to the Monster & Me(tm) series, he's also the author of Seaver the Weaver , a contributor to The Huffington Post , and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books .

Wendy Grieb is a professional working in the Los Angeles animation industry and teaching animation. She is also an Annie Award-winning storyboard artist, who has worked as a developmental artist, illustrator, and character designer for companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Sony, Klasky-Csupo, White Wolf, and more. She lives in Yorba Linda, California.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This follow-up to Monster Needs a Costume (2013) finds the big, blue Sendakesque figure excited as heck about a different holiday. It's Christmas Eve, and he and his buddy, a little boy, need a tree, stat after, of course, waiting to see Santa at the store, going sledding, making snow monsters, and getting into a snowball fight. By the time the fun is done, the trees are sold out. Czajak's 'Twas the Night before Christmas -cadenced rhymes then turn somber: We slunk back home without a tree, / exhausted and defeated. / I said to him, It's not that bad, / a tree is overrated.' The cute finale brings to mind Charlie Brown, as Monster gathers up houseplants to cobble together a pretty darn impressive placeholder. As before, Czajak and Grieb make Monster's perpetual overexcitement palpable and identifiable.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The small boy and big blue monster from Monster Needs a Costume and Monster Needs His Sleep return in a holiday adventure that has them racing around town. Setting out to procure a Christmas tree, they're distracted by a chance to see Santa Claus; cutting in line, Monster leaps onto Santa's lap and tells him, "I want a snowboard and a glove, a baseball and a bike./ But if you only bring one gift, a puppy's what I'd like!" From there, the two go sledding, build snow monsters, have a snowball fight, and fashion an ad hoc Christmas tree after discovering that all the evergreens have been sold. Grieb's exaggerated cartoons are right in step with Monster's ample energy, and while there are a couple off notes in Czajak's rhymes, it's still a lively Christmas outing. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-On the day before Christmas, Monster suddenly realizes that he needs a tree or he might not get the present he wants from Santa. So the Wild Thing wannabe (blue fur, purple Justin Bieber bangs, yellow horns and claws) and his human boy go downtown in search of the perfect tree. Along the way, Monster is distracted by a visit to a department-store Santa, a hill for sledding, snow-monster building, and a snowball fight. There are no trees left in the lot when Boy and Monster finally make it there. Monster comes up with the surprisingly impressive solution of creating a tree out of all the potted plants in the house, and in the end, Santa comes through with the desired puppy. Colorful illustrations reflect Grieb's background as a storyboard artist for Disney; the rhyming text is pedestrian at best. And why, when the rest of the house is completely decked out for the holiday, is there no tree already? An additional purchase.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Monster donned his hat and scarf and then we grabbed our sled. We went downtown to buy a tree but found a line instead. The kids were there for Santa Claus, and Monster got excited. He jumped in line, then on his lap, and Monster was delighted! Excerpted from Monster Needs a Christmas Tree by Paul Czajak All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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