Saturday, September 26, 2009

Book Review: Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements

Book: Night of the Veggie Monster
Author: George McClements
Illustrator: George McClements
Published: 2008

One evening, a young boy sits down to dinner. Oh, doom! For there on his plate, alongside the chicken and the mashed potatoes are . . . PEAS. He knows what peas do to him. At the (exasperated) urging of his parents, he tries just one--and then the real horror begins.

This book is a hoot! The high drama of the picky eater, contrasted with his parents' sarcastic asides, means that all ages will get a kick out of it. McClements uses a mixture of photography and colored pencils on brown paper to bring his story to life. And of course, the pea isn't that bad (but that doesn't mean he's any less averse to, say, broccoli). This hilarious little book illustrates a situation familiar to many families. I can't wait to read it in storytime.

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