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No More Monsters for Me: 06/27/08
I've probably read No More Monsters for Me! more times than I can remember. When it was first published, 1981, I was the target audience for this book and I know my school had many of the "I Can Read Books" as text books.
Thematically the book is similar to The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer by Jimmy and Amy Carter except funnier and a bit more on point.
It's a story about consequences and responsibility. Minneapolis Simpkin learns first hand why her mother warns her about staying away from the forest where the monsters live. She thinks her mother is joking (and perhaps she is) until she finds a baby monster in the rain. Clearly the creature needs help but her mother has told her not to mess with monsters. Minneapolis decides to break the rule because it was only a baby.
Here's where the book plays up the consequences of rule breaking (and more important secret keeping) to hilarious results. Monsters, and hungry ones especially, grow fast and it gets harder and harder to hide he once baby monster.
Ultimately Minneapolis has to confess to her mother and face the consequences of breaking two rules. The final lesson comes with the mother's reaction: frustration and understanding. The monster gets to go home and Minneapolis learns that she was right in helping the baby monster but wrong in keeping it a secret from her mother.
Gosh, this sounds like a great book to read to my daughter. Thanks for the review."
It's a cute book. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by."