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MONSTER PARADE

Simple rhymes celebrate Halloween in solid, easy-to-read fashion: “Monsters munching, / monsters crunching, / monsters chomping, / monsters stomping!” Corey’s monsters disport themselves happily till, one by one, the little monsters get sleepy and bid Halloween goodnight. Corey’s text is merely serviceable, but Terry’s illustrations more than compensate. His costumed kids transform from ordinary children to marvelously bulbous, outlandish creatures in psychedelic colors and with gorgeously bug-eyed faces. They walk down the darkening streets, plastic trick-or-treat pumpkins dangling from improbably protruding childish hands, not so much kids wearing costumes as the real deal—nary a witch nor a superhero among them—in a validation of the transformative power of the day. A happy change of pace for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-7)

Pub Date: July 28, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-375-85638-9

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2009

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SEE PIP POINT

From the Adventures of Otto series

In his third beginning reader about Otto the robot, Milgrim (See Otto, 2002, etc.) introduces another new friend for Otto, a little mouse named Pip. The simple plot involves a large balloon that Otto kindly shares with Pip after the mouse has a rather funny pointing attack. (Pip seems to be in that I-point-and-I-want-it phase common with one-year-olds.) The big purple balloon is large enough to carry Pip up and away over the clouds, until Pip runs into Zee the bee. (“Oops, there goes Pip.”) Otto flies a plane up to rescue Pip (“Hurry, Otto, Hurry”), but they crash (and splash) in front of some hippos with another big balloon, and the story ends as it begins, with a droll “See Pip point.” Milgrim again succeeds in the difficult challenge of creating a real, funny story with just a few simple words. His illustrations utilize lots of motion and basic geometric shapes with heavy black outlines, all against pastel backgrounds with text set in an extra-large typeface. Emergent readers will like the humor in little Pip’s pointed requests, and more engaging adventures for Otto and Pip will be welcome additions to the limited selection of funny stories for children just beginning to read. (Easy reader. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-689-85116-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Atheneum

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2003

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RABBIT AND TURTLE GO TO SCHOOL

Floyd and Denise update “The Tortoise and the Hare” for primary readers, captioning each soft-focus, semi-rural scene with a short, simple sentence or two. Rabbit proposes running to school, while his friend Turtle takes the bus: no contest at first, as the bus makes stop after deliberate stop, but because Rabbit pauses at a pushcart for a snack, a fresh-looking Turtle greets his panting, disheveled friend on the school steps. There is no explicit moral, but children will get the point—and go on to enjoy Margery Cuyler’s longer and wilder Road Signs: A Harey Race with a Tortoise (p. 957). (Easy reader. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-15-202679-7

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2000

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