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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review: Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty

Jeremy stays in his room, alone. He won’t go outside and play with the other kids. He draws a monster (for companionship?) and much to his (and our) surprise, the monster is very demanding and rude. He wants a sandwich. A hat. A chair. He then goes out and leaves Jeremy alone. He comes in in the middle of the night, and takes Jeremy’s bed (this scene is much funnier for adults than kids). Jeremy comes up with an ingenious solution: he draws a bus (the destination placard simply read: AWAY.) And a ticket. And after the monster is gone, he goes outside to play with the other children.

I love Peter McCarty’s illustrations. This style is different than his earlier books (Hondo and Fabian, and my personal favorite Little Bunny on the Move), but similar to his latest, (Henry in Love) and so endearing. Jeremy is a bit passive at first, but you do grow to like him when he decides to stop letting monsters (and presumably people) walk all over him, and go out and get some experiences.

This was another gift for my college roommate’s son when I visited, and this one I also read over 20 times that weekend. We adults laughed quite a bit when he kept insisting that we read “Germy”. This little boy didn’t need encouragement to go outside and play with friends, but a story about a monster always goes over well. And a story about how what we think will happen often doesn’t is always good. A small side lesson about manners never hurts. An easy to understand story with fairly simple illustrations is great for the younger picture book set (3-5).

5 comments:

Sherrie said...

Hi Carin,
Sounds like a great book! I'll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/kids-konnection_23.html

Julie P. said...

Thanks for sharing! This book sounds adorable. I love books that have some adult humor in them!

Carin said...

Julie, that is ALWAYS something I look for in kids' books. I'd hate to give or recommend a book to one of my friends that eventually makes them just sick and tired. Plus I think authors who are aware that children are not their only audience often write a smarter book. Harder to do perhaps, but that just shows which authors are really talented.

AZ said...

We really enjoyed this one too! Peter McCarty is wonderful...
-AZ

Carin said...

AZ, my FAVORITE picture book for years and years was Little Bunny. I must have given it as a shower gift at least 10 times. I would buy it in multiples. Sadly, I think the hardcover is OP and I don't like to give paperbacks as gifts. I know people at Henry Holt though and am thinking about harrassing them.