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The Monsters' Monster

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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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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
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
Jun 08, 2015 Lauren added it
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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
Nov 05, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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
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 t ...more
Liz Hammet
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 end ...more
Beth Maline
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
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
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
Karen Arendt
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
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
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. :)
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)
We could all use some reminders of the need for simple gratitude. Done with humor but really sweet.
I'm starting to think McDonnell's picturebooks are better than Mutts.
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 port ...more
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 t ...more
Amy Musser
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 YO ...more
Jillian Heise
THE MONSTERS' MONSTER is a charming picture book that is beautifully illustrated with a message about expectations, appreciation, and gratitude. Patrick McDonnell writes with a sense of humor to his three little monster characters in their names, words, and actions. The book seemed to be starting off headed in one direction, and then once the monster came alive, it went somewhere else than I expected, which is one of the reasons that it was such an effective book. Although the little monsters wh ...more
Katie Helwig
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 bes ...more
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
Tina Peterson
This easily has to be my favorite of the books I've read this fall. The illustrations are cute, the language is cute and the characters are wonderful & memorable. What happens when 3 monsters (or so they call themselves) who live in a castle can't agree on which of them is the BEST monster? Why they make a monster!

What happens when said monster comes out all sugar sweet and with the cutest little lisp and the horrified monster trio thinks they've failed until their monster escapes from the c
Rachel K
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Gretchen Taylor
One of Zoe's new favorites because she loves how it sounds when we read it aloud, but I love the monsters, the language (I guess that's what Zoe loves, too!), and the unexpected and sweet direction the plot takes - fun for work with characterization, word work

(Pretty complex character relationships -- maybe a two-day re-read)

What do you notice the little monsters doing?
How do the little monsters feel at the beginning? How does the big monster feel?
How does the big monster change how t
Sep 30, 2012 Kylie added it
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“The Monsters’ Monster” by Patrick McDonnell is an intriguing book for preschoolers. The book contains three little monsters who think they are the toughest and meanest monsters around. One day they were fighting with each other over who was the worst monster and they came to the conclusion on how to settle the dispute. They decided to make a giant monster who combined would be the most mean monster anyone has ever seen. The three little monsters soon realize and learn that being bad all the tim ...more
Eva Kelly
Here's another one by that guy who draws "Mutts." I didn't see the cat OR the dog in this one. But it's not about them. It's about monsters who try to make a big monster who's the biggest one of all but you know what? He just turns out to be a nice guy who likes donuts and the beach. So that's good.
I thought maybe Crabby would be at the beach but I didn't see him either.
Kacie Kirk
This book was a funny twist on what we think about monsters, which is usually the bigger the monster the badder that it is. The tiny monsters were the most mean and wanted to create a bigger monster that would scare everyone. Yet when this monster was created he opened the little monsters world to the good that is in the world such as sitting on the beach. This was a cute book which would be good for a read aloud, because you don't know exactly what the large monster is going to do and how the o ...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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