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Time Out for Monsters!

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Where can you find a fire truck, a monster, and a great big pile of cupcakes? Come play with this exuberant kid as creativity and imagination transform a blank wall into a colorful adventure. Author Jean Reidy and illustrator Robert Neubecker invite anyone with an outsized imagination to join in this rambunctious romp about making your own world.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Paul  Hankins
Get ready for a nice little picture book that reads like HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON meets NO! DAVID meets CALVIN AND HOBBES. Sure to delight younger readers!
Aug 27, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Really cute, tho I bet parents of willful children will think it's less cute. ;)
Mar 10, 2016 Hyacinth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I loved it. Ashton liked it. It wonderful to see or children's imagination go wild...just not on the walls. Imagination is a beautiful thing. Ashton hates the timeout aspect though. I guess you can't have everything. This is a good discussion opener.
Jamie A. Swenson
Jan 24, 2013 Jamie A. Swenson rated it it was amazing
A child in time-out. A blank wall. Easy access to art supplies. Hmmm.... this book reminds me of the good-hearted naughtiness in Karen Beaumont's I AIN'T GONNA PAINT NO MORE ... the colors go from ho-hum to all out MONSTER PAINTING! It's light-hearted fun at its best ... plus, when my (now 17) daughter was that certain age ... and she was placed in time-out ... next to a blank wall and easy access to a marker... I, too, came back and found a dinosaur on the wall! So, clearly, I can relate to thi ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Yes, this is a children's book that shows a child's bad behavior and it's funny. Yes, I think that's fine. Neubecker's colorful illustrations bring to life a usually dull punishment in this time-out tale of imagination.

If we intend to stimulate our young and teach them NOT to draw on our preciously boring walls, by all means, use this book!
if we intend to stifle their creativity, best to give them the tools and opportunity to draw elsewhere. Use this book to start the conversation.

Parents might
Jun 06, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, art
I enjoyed his imagination and even wished it was all true.
Jeremey Olson
Sep 20, 2012 Jeremey Olson rated it really liked it
Time out for Monsters! is a fun book to read to kids that like to get into trouble. I read this book to my preschoolers and they loved it. Most of all they love the pictures. This book is about a boy who is put into time out and his mind begins to wonder. What seems to be in his mind at first, ends up being drawn on the wall. And the boy then gets into trouble again for coloring on the wall and his mom has him clean it up. Like I said I would recommend this book for those who have kids that like ...more
Lacie Griffin
Jul 25, 2012 Lacie Griffin rated it really liked it
OK- since I have a 3 year old that spends time in the "time-out corner" I can really relate to this book. As the main character is sent to the "time out corner," he begins to think of all the things that could be in his corner with him. With Windows, monster trucks and dragons, joining our character in time out, the ending is sure to make you laugh!
Sep 25, 2012 Debrarian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Can't decide whether to use this for storytime. Kids would love increasingly extravagant pictures of a kid's fantasy, but I don't love that it starts with a kid sent to the corner. Nope, upon re-reading, I won't use it. Or maybe I'll change the story a little.
Time (Out) for Monsters! is a book full of mischief, imagination and fun. Jean Reidy lives and works in Colorado and is the winner of the 2012 Colorado Book Award. Her illustrations are silly and wonderful and her stories are always worth a read.
Dec 05, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I read this book to my 4-year-old daughter's pre-k class and the kids seemed to enjoy it. My 1.5 year old LOVES it and often brings it to me to read or will sit flipping through the pages on her own.
Nov 08, 2013 Tamara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2013
As a little girl who may have once colored on the wall during a time-out, I appreciate this book. I'm just a little sad I wasn't as creative as this kid with my unauthorized artwork.
The Styling Librarian
Cute new picture book, answers the question- what goes through your child's mind when they get sent to a time out corner? Amusing ending...
Aug 20, 2012 Rosa rated it really liked it
A little boy is in time out and decorates his corner (resulting in more trouble) but the fun imagination he displays is very cool.
Michelle Nero
Sep 30, 2012 Michelle Nero rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oh, quite the imagination -- not what I was expecting at all! Loved the surprise ending and only wish time out was this fun!
I like how the end and the beginning are similar and frame all the action in the middle. I also like the box-of-crayons palette.
Sarah BT
Sep 04, 2012 Sarah BT rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Time out can be fun! A funny imaginative take on time out. Good for parents and kids to read together and laugh along.
Nov 06, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
A fun read out loud about the power of imagination (and the perennial problem of crayons on the walls!)
May 31, 2013 Courtnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-boys
Fun for my monsters...who have incidentally 'monster-ed' up their corner(s) plenty of times.
Oct 28, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
What happens when a kiddo feels their time out space needs a little added color....
Edward Sullivan
Jul 31, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A bold, bright, colorful celebration of a young boy's imagination.
3.5. With fun, loud illustrations and a storyline kids can relate to.
Nov 27, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Everything about this book is vibrant, rough, and a little rowdy.
A little boy turns his "time out" into an adventure.
Sep 21, 2012 Thia added it
Shelves: preschool
really cute, mosters, time out, vehicles
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
An imagination, a white wall, and some crayons?
monsters, imagination, trouble, colors, funny
Raz2 rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2016
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Jun 27, 2016
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Jun 19, 2016
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