MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN by Bruce Kaplan

MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Cartoonist and TV writer Kaplan delivers a witty, tightly controlled picture-book debut brimming with humor. Henry and Eve are “two perfectly delightful children…going through a TERRIBLE phase.” In short, they are big whiners and are undeterred when their father delivers the titular warning that “monsters eat whiny children.” Sure enough, a bevy of monsters arrives on the scene ready to cook them up, but it turns out that they are rather whiny too and can’t decide how to prepare the children. Whiny-child salad? Burgers? Cake? Vindaloo? At this last suggestion the text assumes a true New Yorker–cartoon vibe asserting, “sometimes it’s so hard to figure out if you’re in the mood for Indian food.” By book’s end the children redeem themselves by helping the indecisive, bereft monsters overcome their bickering, and they escape through a window leaving the monsters to enjoy cucumber sandwiches (recipe included). Throughout the book, ample white space offsets energetic, expressive line drawings expertly highlighted with retrained use of color. There’s nothing to whine about here. (Picture book. 4-8)
Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8689-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2010