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How far would you go to avoid doing the thing you fear most?   In The Monster Who Ate My Peas, the narrator thinks he has discovered the perfect method for making his dreaded peas disappear . . . a monster who eats yucky foods, for a price.  But the boy soon learns that you must deal with the consequences of your choices, and it’s easier to face your fears than to run from them.

 

“The boy’s dilemma is classic and heroic:  He needs to determine his values and assert his strength.  What is, on the surface, a fine tale for picky eaters becomes a fable illustrating the kind of character strength that undergirds all important decisions in life.  This is one of the best picture storybooks to come along in a while.  It’s told in spirited verse with wonderful vocabulary and wordplay, and meter and rhyme (reminiscent of Dr. Seuss) that are a cut above the usual.”  --Tampa Tribune

 

“The rhymes flow, begging to be read aloud.  Children will clamor to hear this one again and again.”  --School Library Journal

 

“Told with brilliantly rhyming text and illustrated with outlandish humor, this story will drive home a point while making your child laugh out loud.” 

--Christian Parenting Today

 

“. . . full of action and fun.   Large characters with vivid expressions combine with the catchy story-rhyme to create an endearing tale for both reader and listener alike.  Highly recommended for all libraries.” 

--Christian Library Journal   

 

“Told in rhyme, this tale’s description of the monster is a wonderful example of using adjectives to paint a picture.  Students will enjoy the marvelous illustrations.  This would be a good title to start a lesson on nutrition or on making choices and facing consequences.”  --Library Talk

 

“This is a hilarious book, not only for its clever, rhyming text, but also for the wild illustrations.  Kids will certainly be able to relate.”  --OC Family, Newport Beach, CA

 

 

 

I Winner, 2003-2004 Young Hoosier Book Award (Indiana)

 

I Nominee, 2003-2004 Black-Eyed Susan Award (Maryland)

 

I Master List, 2003-2004 Show Me Readers Award (Missouri)

 

I Master List, 2003-2004 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award

 

I Master List, 2003-2004 Virginia Young Readers' Choice Award

 

I Titles Worth Adding to your Shelf, KIND (Kids in Nature’s Defense)

 

I Nominee, Georgia Picture book Author of the Year, Georgia Writers.

 

I Hot Picks, Albemarle Magazine

 
                      Copyright 2003, Danny Schnitzlein