From one scary monster to ten disgusting slugs and everything in between, this spooky rhyming story is chock-full of creepy crawlies...and one nervous little brother!
He led it home and snuck it in,
which gave me goose bumps on my skin
to see a monster standing there.
Those giant claws! That shaggy hair!
Uh-oh, this boy's older brother is up to something...he's found a monster, and he's brought him home! Now he's trying to sneak in even more terrifying creatures. What's going to happen when his parents find out?
A hilarious, side-splitting cumulative story with a monster twist of an ending from the brilliant minds of children's poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt and talented illustrator David Slonim!
In a raucous story from U.S. Children's Poet Laureate Nesbitt (Bigfoot Is Missing!), a boy describes the Halloween night when his brother brought home a monster (and an array of animals): "He then snuck seven bats inside./ The spiders ran and tried to hide." Slonim's (I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel) rattlebrained cartoons convey the animal guests' antics, which include commandeering a computer and rocking out to "Monster Mash." When the boy's worst fear comes true ("I hope our parents don't find out!"), the animals transform into cuddlier counterparts (robins instead of ravens, gerbils instead of spiders, and a shaggy dog instead of a monster), only to revert to their glowering selves on the final page. The 11th-hour transformations may confuse some readers, but the mischief the animals get up to should keep them entertained. Ages 4 6. Author's agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency.