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He's Been A Monster All Day!

Brennan-Nelson, Denise (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
He's Been A Monster All Day!
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After hearing his mother say that he's a monster, a little boy decides to prove her right over the course of one loud, grimy, scowling day.
Authors: Brennan-Nelson, Denise
Title: He's been a monster all day!
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c2013
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Denise Brennan-Nelson ; illustrations by Cyd Moore
Summary: After hearing his mother say that he's a monster, a little boy decides to prove her right over the course of one loud, grimy, scowling day.
Additional Contributors: Moore, Cyd
ISBN: 158536827X
9781585368273
Branch Call Number: jE BRENNANNE 2013
Subject Headings: Monsters Juvenile fiction Children Conduct of life Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Picture books for children
Stories in rhyme
Topical Term: Monsters
Children
LCCN: 2012033686
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After hearing his mother say that he's a monster, a little boy decides to prove her right over the course of one loud, grimy, scowling day.

After an especially "busy" day, a preschool-age boy overhears his mother say, "He's been a monster all day." So the little boy starts to fantasize about what life as a monster would be like.


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“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.

Feb 13, 2014
  • IrishMoon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really cute book!

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