He's Been A Monster All Day!

He's Been A Monster All Day!

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After hearing his mother say that he is a monster, a little boy decides to prove her right over the course of one loud, grimy, scowling day.
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781585368273
158536827X
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Moore, Cyd - Illustrator
Alternative Title: He has been a monster all day!

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SPL_Childrens Mar 13, 2014

“I wonder why Mommy / Thinks that of ME? / I guess if she does, / Then a MONSTER I’LL BE!”

Having overheard his parents talking, the little boy with the impish smile in this picture book can’t understand how his mother could possibly consider him a “monster”. (The fact that he has just wreaked a path of mess and destruction throughout the house would be a clue!)

Feeling rather hurt, the boy decides that he really will be a monster! And that’s just what he does – in his imagination. He scowls and growls to scare other people; he takes monster mud baths instead of soapy baths; he eats spiders and salamander tails, and he refuses to go to bed at night or use any people manners at all.

Gradually the little boy realizes that he’s no longer having fun on his monster romp … no one wants to play with someone who acts so rudely.

Missing his mom and feeling very lonely, he abandons his monstrous manners and hopes that “Maybe by now / Mommy forgot.”

This engaging, reassuring story is told in rhyming text and carries a message of unconditional parental love.

Both picture books (He’s Been a Monster All Day and The Very Inappropriate Word) present timely opportunities for discussing inappropriate behavior with young children.

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IrishMoon
Feb 13, 2014

Really cute book!

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SPL_Childrens Mar 13, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 5

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