Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sandbox Book Club #11

Sandbox Book Club Recommendation #11
One Hungry Monster by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme is so high on Jax's list of favorite books right now that we both have it memorized.  Don't get me started, I won't be able to stop.  It is the only counting book that has ever held his attention, and he has been able to count to ten forever.  It's something about those endearing little monsters, described in rhyme, that makes him reach for this book again and again and ask for it to be in his crib at night.

The premise of the book is simple.  You read about ten hungry monsters that prowl around the narrator's house,who is a young boy, looking for food.  You count from 1 to 10 until the little boy can't take it any more and just feeds them to get them out.  Then you count from 1 to 10 again as he describes the gigantic feast he provides for the monsters, all in rhyme.  Jax smiles every time we get to "3 bowls of spaghetti that they dump upon my head."  He says it with great glee and conviction, like that little boy deserved the spaghetti shower.  It's hilarious.

There's not much else to say as an endorsement besides great illustrations, counting and rhymes, a cute ending that makes Jax laugh every time, and a story that will get stuck in your head so you can recite it on cue when you're changing a diaper or stuck in traffic.  I often hear myself saying, "One jug of apple juice, two loaves of bread..." and Jax's frown turns upside down as he sing-songs the rest.  Always good to have a memorized story in your back pocket!

An excellent book for kids who love to read and count...wait, isn't that most kids?  A great book for almost anyone!

Check out the rest of my recommendations here, or under the SBC tab above!


Leontien said...

haha i don't know the book but i LOVE the pics!!!


melody-mae said...

cute book!! I might have to look for this one next time I am at Barnes and Noble! :)

I wanted to also tell you that I linked to your blog today in my post...about your idea of the treasure hunt you went on with you little ones...just givin' props where props belong! :)


Kimberly said...

looks like a very cute and 'boyish' book. when my boys were that age it was hard to find books that ere cute and 'boyish'

(stopping by from the thursday hop. I forget which one....)

-Kimberly, mom to 3 boys

Jeri Lynne said...

Aww, that is fricken adorable! And what a cutie you have there! I love that he is loving that book...heck, I love when any kid loves any book. Thanks for your comment on my post at The Knight Life, and so sorry it has taken me so long to pop in on your blog! Have a blessed weekend!

Ms. Sarah said...

His faces are priceless! Thanks for the recommnendation. I bet my nephew will love it.

Alicia Stucky said...

I keep my back pocket brimming with little poems all the time! They are the best to have around. And I love Lynn Munsinger illustrations... We're currently reading 'Snakes!' that she illustrated. Matthew's going to fall into a deep depression when we have to return this book to the library next week.