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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Eric is a little boy who sometimes gets things wrong. But Eric learns that while you can't be good at everything, sometimes it takes a little time to find out what you are good at. And when a huge monster stomps down the mountain to Eric's village, Eric just might have his chance to shine. . . .
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2012 by Jonathan Cape
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A so-so book, I didn't really like how all the villagers treated Eric. It was just sad to say such things to a young child. Even if he did a lot of things wrong, no need to call him names.
The monster was cute (but also sad).
Jan 12, 2013 Carly rated it it was amazing
I really don't think I can possibly put into words how much I love this book! My daughter loves it too, but it is one of my personal favourites. I think the story has a great lesson for both adults and children alike. The story is of a little boy (who is adorable) called, Eric, who all his life has been called names and put down. Feeling pretty down in the dumps he wanders off, only to be put in the face of danger, because he thinks he actually is all those mean things people called him. But thi ...more
Is this boy different to us? Is he actually stupid or is it just what the others say? Does he feel worthless or does he have the magic of self-belief? Well, it's a hilarious ride with a bit of both sides in powerful, sudden contrast. We are tickled and moved by the alternating perspectives. How clever we are is not as important as how boldly we live, how we relate to others and how much change we can bring.
The story itself is a little too simplistic (everyone calls Eric names, when he faces the monster it turns out he was called names as well, so the two become friends) but it works for younger ones if you're looking for a book about name-calling. I found the narrator speaking directly to the reader at different points an interesting technique, so this could work as a mentor text for a writing exercise.
Feb 21, 2013 Judy rated it liked it
Nice illustrations. Monsters are hard to draw, especially when they have to be big and scary but also cuddly and endearing at the same time. This monster particularly excels in the latter department, but is satisfyingly huge also, and might be considered scary to a child. (I mean in a good way!) Interesting style with some different renderings of forest that kept me intrigued.
May 20, 2012 MaryMartin rated it it was amazing
When a monster comes down from the mountains towards Eric's small town, it is said that only a TWIT, NITWIT, DUMMY, DUNCE or a DOPE would go after it and save everyone. Well, that's exactly what Eric is, or so they all have been telling him all his life. So off Eric goes to save the town...
This picture book is so great, it has such a lovely message.
I adore it.
Oct 31, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eric has always been called a twit and stupid. But when I'm monster approaches his town, he hears that one would need to be a twit or stupid to stand up to the monster…
Feb 21, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Gruffalo' meets 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' this book was brilliant and an excellent addition to both the classroom bookshelf and to your own childs personal library.
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