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Big Scary Monster
Contributor(s): Docherty, Thomas, Docherty, Thomas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 076364787X     ISBN-13: 9780763647872
Publisher: Templar
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: July 2010
Annotation: Loving to scare his friends but perplexed when his mischief causes others to avoid him, misunderstood beastie Big Scary Monster looks for new creatures to frighten before discovering that he is a bit of a scaredy-cat himself and that he needs to mend his bullying ways to keep his friends.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monsters; Fiction.
Self-perception; Fiction.
Fear; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009047397
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 138791
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Thomas Docherty has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including LITTLE BOAT and TO THE BEACH, which has been short-listed for the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in the west of England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
The titular monster, big and blue, lives on a mountaintop. He gets his kicks from scaring the smaller animals with a resounding "Boo!" The monster travels to the lowlands expecting to frighten some other creatures, but he learns a lesson in perspective--both visual and psychological--when the small-looking critters get bigger the closer he gets. Docherty's exaggerated illustrations satisfactorily picture the slight tale. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 July #1)

The Big Scary Monster is a furry, blue bully with a strong resemblance to Gossamer, the orange Looney Tunes creature. He regularly scares the little animals who live on his mountaintop, but when he hatches a plan to terrorize the animals further below, he discovers that though they look small from the top, they're actually quite large: "The Big Scary Monster had never felt so small and scared in his life." Docherty's polished landscapes also recall classic animation, with solid shadows and artful play with perspective. The monster's comeuppance and Grinchlike redemption offer a satisfying if slightly treacly conclusion. Ages 3–5. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 August)

PreS-Gr 1—Big Scary Monster lives on top of a mountain and loves to jump out and surprise everyone with a cry of "Boo!" His friends begin hiding from him and he decides to look for new creatures to frighten. "So, off he went down the mountain. But as he walked, a strange thing happened." The rocks, plants, and creatures become bigger, and he starts to feel small and vulnerable. After he gets scared by a huge rabbit that looms over him, shouting, "Boo!" he scurries back up the mountain, where he is startled by his old friends. Grateful to see them again, he forgets all about being big and threatening. The full-spread watercolor illustrations in deep colors add to the "scary" element of the story. As the Big Scary Monster is traveling down the mountain or up, the art is minimal, showing just the character and the rocks and plants on a white background. The style of these pictures will give young readers an early lesson in perspective. Great as a read-aloud, this book will engage young monster lovers.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

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