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The Monsters' Monster

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  1,653 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words.
In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitud
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Nov 19, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Crystal Bandel
Dec 18, 2013 Crystal Bandel rated it really liked it
The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell, published 2013.

Dark fantasy/science fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 2.

Found via Library Media Connection, reviewed by Shiela Martina Keaise.

Three little monsters are busy worrying about who's the scariest, complete with tantrums and fights. To settle their dispute, they build a big monster, but, surprise!, he's actually a gentle giant. Through spending time with the big monster, the little monsters become kinder, teaching children how even monsters
Nov 05, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet and funny tale and the main characters are immediately recognizable as monster versions of his lovable dogs from his MUTTS comic strip. The story is humorous and the illustrations are terrific. It's not scary and actually helps to teach good manners. While it doesn't have a Halloween theme per se, it's a great time of year to read this fun monster book. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
Jun 08, 2015 Lauren added it
Shelves: children-s-lit

School Library Journal
( October 01, 2012; 9780316045476 )
PreS-1-Three little monsters love to CRASH!, BASH!, and SMASH! Every day they argue over who is the best monster, until they join forces to "make a MONSTER monster. The biggest, baddest monster EVER!" At first, their efforts look successful, but to their horror, the creature's first words after tearing off his bandages are "Dank you." The enormous Frankenstein look-alike contents himself with breathing fresh air and gently greeting the sp
Oct 02, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Grouch, Grump and Gloom ‘n’ Doom just knew they were the biggest monsters around. After all, they lived in a big castle on top of a tall mountain that overlooked a little village. And to top it off, their favorite word to use was “NO!” When the three little monsters got into an argument about who was the biggest and baddest monster of all, they decided to settle it. They built their own huge monster, who came to life after a jolt of electricity. But this big, big monster may not be exactly who ...more
Liz Hammet
Sep 12, 2012 Liz Hammet rated it really liked it
For my pick for the best 2013 illustrated children's book (Caldecott) I choose "The Monster's Monster" by Patrick McDonnell. The illustrations in the book are magnificent and correlate with the spooky theme of a monster. The story is about three small monsters that create a big monster that resembles Frankenstein. They are hoping that he is going to be the biggest and baddest monster. He turns out teaching the small monsters that being nice is actually the way that he prefers to live. At the ...more
Beth Maline
Oct 25, 2012 Beth Maline rated it really liked it
This book, aimed at preschoolers and those in the early grades, is a delight. The artwork is adorable, the Frankenstein type monster these three little monsters create is cute (not scary, sorry) and there is CRASH BASH and SMASH from the little monsters (Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom n'Doom).

Their monster creation is strong (he smashes walls) but he also says DANK YOU because he has good manners and he loves his 'masters' and wants to hug them. NOT SCARY, but touching and lovely. You smile all
Tricia Douglas
Oct 18, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it it was amazing
This is another great new book for 2012, especially cute for the Halloween season. McDonnell tells the story (and illustrates it too with wonderful pictures) of three little monsters who want to make a monsterous monster to scare everyone. All goes well until the monster they make is too nice for what they had planned. They wanted something more terrifying to scare their village and everyone in it. This is where the adults will begin to smile and enjoy the story too. The theme of the book comes ...more
Karen Arendt
Oct 26, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
I love this story! It would be great for Halloween but also perfect for by time of year when your children (or students) are acting like monsters and need reminding. Three little monsters often fight over who is the baddest monster until one day they create the biggest, baddest monster. Only he turns out to note so big and bad. The illustrations are adorable with soft greens and blues. The little monsters are each uniquely shaped and the created monster does not look the least bit scary- perfect ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Bari rated it it was amazing
This is an adorable picture book that is similar to Frankenstein. However in this version the monster is very nice and not scary at all.

3 little monsters, Grouch, Grump and little Gloom 'n' Doom created Monster to be the biggest and baddest monster ever. However, they were in for a surprise. The monster they created ends up giving them a lesson in being thankful.

I also love the illustrations.

Monsters' Monster would make a good non-scary Halloween story or if your looking fora great picture boo
Nov 08, 2015 Deniss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué lindo libro! La historia es tan bonita como las ilustraciones, y hay un buen balance entre los monstruos y el mensaje buena onda que quiere dar, sin ser ñoño o cursi. Solo me hubiera gustado que fuera más largo, pero para niños chiquitos está muy bien.
It's not often a book comes along that's fun, riotous, peaceful and charming, but The Monsters' Monster manages it. Three little terrors decide to create a monsters' monster, but the results aren't exactly what they'd expect. :)
Dec 17, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
An adorable, feel-good story about a trio of monsters who create a monsters' MONSTER to be the biggest, baddest monster of all time, but what they get instead is a gentle giant who is just happy to be alive.
What a funny story about three rough and tumble monsters who create the biggest, baddest monster of them all. He isn't what they expected, though, and he teaches them all something about kindness and joy.
This book is sweet as a jelly donut. I think it would be incredibly fun to read aloud with your favorite youngster.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jul 14, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, humor, 2012
We could all use some reminders of the need for simple gratitude. Done with humor but really sweet.
Oct 07, 2012 Bob rated it it was amazing
I'm starting to think McDonnell's picturebooks are better than Mutts.
"Once upon a time three small 'creepy-crawlies' considered themselves the biggest and worst monsters in the world. Then along came an even bigger monster who changed their minds." (back cover)

Great story about three pseudo-Frankensteins and their monster. Their terrible behavior is more side-tickling than spine-tingling (thank goodness!) The illustrations are irreverent and funny. Kids will love these 3 'traviesos!' The predictable ending does not take away from the silliness of the story nor th
Oct 21, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
A fun and adorable monster story.
Oct 24, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: a-school-2016
Cute and lovable.
I'm loving my volunteer work at the library. I get to find so many fun books! My littles loved this one.
Oct 04, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it
In "The Monsters' Monster," by Patrick McDonnell, Grouch, Grum, and little Gloom n'Doom who live in a dark monster castle cooperatively decide to make the biggest, baddest monster ever! They collectively hope that their monster will "smash, crash, and bash" the monster-fearing village. However, this monster always remembers to say thank you, enjoys sharing donuts, and may teach a thing or two to Grouch, Grum, and little Gloom n' Doom about life.

Audience: This lovely picture book
Jenn Swanson
Sep 15, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
My daughter seemed to really enjoy this story but I think I enjoyed it more than she did. I loved the Frankenstein-like monster. He was so optimistic. I loved the fact that he just enjoyed being alive. The illustrations in this book were interesting as well. My daughter spent longer than usual looking at the pictures. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely!
Amy Forrester
Sep 20, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there were three monsters that lived in a castle overlooking a monster-fearing village. Everyday the monsters, Grouch, Grump, and Gloom ’n’ Doom fought over who was the biggest, baddest monster. They could never agree, so one day they decided to work together to create the biggest, baddest monster of them all. Unfortunately for the little monsters when giant Monster comes to life they find he’s big, but he’s not so bad. In fact, the first words from Monster’s mouth are, “DANK ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Thabata rated it really liked it
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the monstruos monster of them all? Three little monsters create another monster. But what if their creation was not “monstery” enough? What if the monster was clumsy, funny, lovable and friendly? Lots of smash, crash and bash later, they learn about friendship, saying “thank you”, smiling, giggling and sharing. Perfect reading for children who love monsters! Neatly illustrated with somber colors such as black, white, grey, red, gooey green, yellow, faded orange ...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
An endearing, non-scary story that answers the question “what makes a monster a monster”. Perfect for kids who may see a little bit of themselves in these loveable monsters.

Three teeny monsters, Grouch, Grump, and Gloom ‘n’ Doom love thinking they are bad. They smash, crash and huff ‘n puff about nothing, their favorite word is No!, and they get into fights with themselves. One day they create the biggest, baddest monster ever but things don’t quite turn out the way they had expected. The big mo
Nov 10, 2012 Lorna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
I'm a huge fan of Patrick McDonnell and I think I'm getting bigger by the book. I love this book on many levels. It has fantastic and expressive illustrations that my comic loving 8yo noticed are very Mutts-like (McDonnell's comic strip). It is also a cute story line of bad little monsters creating a really big, really nice monster, despite their best intentions of creating the baddest monster around. Great messages about friendship, kindness, and gratitude abound. I also love this as a mentor ...more
Katie Helwig
Oct 04, 2012 Katie Helwig rated it really liked it
Everyone wants to be the biggest, meanest, scariest monster there is, but for three monsters, it is hard to agree on who is the best. Instead of choosing, they decide they will make their own big, mean and scary monster. He will be the best in the world! When he comes to life, he is just what they wanted! Everyone will fear him....but he isn’t EXACTLY what the three little monsters wanted. He is nice. He is grateful. He is fun. Monsters’ Monster shows the three little monsters that being the ...more
Gene Kannenberg Jr
Patrick McDonnell, the cartoonist behind the already-classic comic strip Mutts, has created a picturebook about monsters whose bad behaviors are very much like those of this book's potential audience. "Who could complain the loudest? Who could throw the most terrible tantrum? Who was the most miserable?" Their most fiendish plot of all involves creating another monster, one whom they hope will be the most terrifying of all. But this Monster (a chunky, cartoonified version of Boris Karloff's ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
In The Monster's Monster, Grouch, Grump and little Gloom n' Doom are 3 little monsters who did stereotypical monster things -- destroy stuff, throw tantrums, complain, fight, etc. The little monsters decide to build a big mean monster. But to their surprise, the monster they build is far from the terrifying creature of their dreams. The big monster is gracious, kind and thankful to be alive! The little monsters wind up learning a lot from the big monster and feeling gracious and happy as well. I ...more
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In 1994 McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS which now appears in over 700 newspapers and 20 countries.

In 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children's book career. His first children’s book, which featured the MUTTS characters, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Art (2006), his second release, told the story of a boy named Art who makes art. His next release, Just Like
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