R’s note: My apologies! This has been a crazy week and WARW had to be bumped. Please to enjoy!
Everyone has seen them: at the market, waiting on line while at a store, sitting at the next table as you (attempt) to enjoy lunch. You may even have birthed or be related to one or two. Let’s face it, whiny children can be a nightmare! If only there were a way to solve the whine and in Bruce Eric Kaplan’s Monsters Eat Whiny Children a fantastic solution is offered. This whimsical book explores just what happens if parents advice of DO NOT WHINE is not heeded.
Henry and Eve, two perfectly delightful children, are going through a terrible phase of whining. Disregarding their kindly father’s advice they continue whining (and for perfectly silly, children reasons such as going outside and wanting a grilled cheese) and are kidnapped by a monster. They are then made the main course of dinner as the monster, his wife, their neighbors and and elderly aunt all try to decided just how whiny children are best served. The children are not eaten as the monsters themselves cannot decide how best to eat the children.
There is no real danger in the book so parents of younger children need not be frightened or concerned. The dysfunctional monsters are a hoot as they argue amongst each other, disagree and, well whine. In fact, while reading with The Bee, she was agreed that the monsters and the children all needed to relax and was more compassionate to both whiners and the people who love (or at least co exist) with them.
The book just works! Snappy text and the simple line drawings make this book enjoyable to read over and over. From the map detailing the wake of adventures of Henry and Eve (including a visit to the library when they like to be too loud) to the recipe for cucumber sandwiches the monsters have in lieu of the children this book is a marvelous way to reinforce what happens to whiners.
This book was a preview book for DCLS from Simon and Shuster. Copies are available at your local library or you can buy direct from kids.SimonandSchuster.com