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Monster Boogie
Contributor(s): Berkner, Laurie, Clanton, Ben (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481464655     ISBN-13: 9781481464659
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: July 2018
Annotation: The award-winning children's music artist and the illustrator of Mo's Mustache present a lively picture book rendering of Berkner's infectious hit song that invites children to let go of their bedtime fears and embrace their inner monster. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's songs, English; United States; Texts.
Monsters; Songs and music.
Dance; Songs and music.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: 782.42
LCCN: 2016057981
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x 0.25" (1.04 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 May #4)

Like a cheery preschool version of the Halloween classic "Monster Mash," children's music star Berkner's snappy tune-turned-picture-book features not-so-scary monsters cutting a rug. When "the biggest monster that you've ever seen!" shows up in two sleeping kids' bedroom, one sibling is all smiles, while the other keeps a wide-eyed distance as their purple-eyed visitor clicks on the boom box and confesses he likes to "do the monster boogie... round the room!... So can you!" By the time the monster breaks into a second round—"monster wiggle" moves—both kids are joyfully bebopping with their unexpected guest and a few of his monstrous friends. Clanton (the Narwhal and Jelly series) opens the action in an inky dark bedroom, then creates a true party atmosphere with a popping fresh palette. Thick black outlines delineate his figures, who are further distinguished by their big, bright eyes—with some characters sporting more than two. This romp offers sunny before-bed silliness and may also just help allay nighttime monster fears. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS—This is an energetic adaptation of a song by Berkner. The story line is simple—a monster shows up in a child's room at night but instead of being scary, he wants to dance. The creature invites everyone to dance, including readers. The text is simple and repetitive. It includes color words that young readers will enjoy pointing to. Clanton's artwork is vividly colored and is so exuberant, the monster seems to come right off the page. Kids will identify with the feeling of being scared by monsters and hopefully transfer the confidence of being able to dance with them rather than being afraid. Adults would do well to search for videos of Berkner performing her song, which will help with appreciating its cadence and rhythm. This book would make an enjoyable storytime selection with extensions that could include singing the song and making crafts. VERDICT A fun read-aloud choice for libraries with preschool populations.—Debbie Tanner, S D Spady Montessori Elementary, FL

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