35th out of 41 books — 8 voters
Happy Birthday, Monster!
by Scott Beck
Ben the monster is planning a surprise birthday party for his friend, Doris the dragon. Each spread, illustrated in panels, contains its own discreet episode and joke, which makes it perfect for little children to linger over. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Harry N. Abrams
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Here is my first 100 in 100 reviews. “Happy Birthday Monster” by Scott Beck. At first glance this looked like a fun little book and for the most part it was. The story follows a little monster preparing to throw a surprise party for on of his monster friends. The first frustrating part for me was there was really two narratives going on in this book. There was the text at the bottom of each page moving the story forward and then inside the illustrations is where the dialog took place. There were...more
Decidedly humorous story (told mostly with illustrations and comic book style word bubbles) about a little monster who throws a birthday party for his friend the little dragon and invites various monsters to attend. Some of the puns are pretty funny, others might generate a groan, but some I found cute and clever (like how the little dragon blows "on" her birthday candles--they are unlit and then she breathes fire on them to light them when everyone is done singing). Some of the humor might be l...more
This book was everything I expected it to be, plus some unusually charming characters. It's set in a birthday party, and you see how everything plays out. I want a copy of my own! The humor in this is cute and kid friendly, and as an adult, its defiantly a book I enjoy reading it to little kids.