Reviews for Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
A passel of googly-eyed creatures cavort around a park, to the rhythm of Yolen's spare, easy-to-follow rhyming text: "Monsters hopscotch. / Monsters slide. / Monsters swing and piggy-back ride." A story line emerges from Murphy's multi-hued oil, acrylic, and gel illustrations: a mother monster and her children are having a blast until a tussle leads (very briefly) to hurt feelings.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #5
A whole passel of googly-eyed creatures (some with two eyes, others with one, three, four, or more) cavort around a park, to the rhythm of Yolen's spare, easy-to-follow rhyming text: "Monsters hopscotch. / Monsters slide. / Monsters swing and piggy-back ride." A story line emerges from Murphy's multi-hued (but, happily, in subdued shades) oil, acrylic, and gel illustrations: a mother monster and her children -- one is red with spots, the other is yellow with stripy arms and legs -- are having a blast until a tussle at the water fountain leads to hurt feelings. No worries: an apology and balloons make everything "all better," and the siblings toodle off out of the park, furry-hand in furry-hand. elissa gershowitz Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 August #1
The menagerie of monsters from Yolen and Murphy's previous pairing (Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, 2011) returns for an adventure at the playground. All sorts and sizes of monsters gather at Creepy Commons to have some fun. The author uses two- or three-word phrases to build a steady rhyming text describing the full range of activities taking place. "Monsters stretch. / Monsters twirl. // Monsters catch. / Monsters hurl. // Monsters tumble, / Run, and lope. / Monsters jump / A monster rope." The cadence will be soothing to young ears, leaving the eyes of toddlers and preschoolers to discover the playful details found throughout the soft-hued illustrations painted in oil, acrylic and gel. This diverse bunch is cute and cuddly without coming across as overly sweet. Some have four eyeballs, and some have only one. Pointy horns and handlike hair sprout from curious places on this happily rambunctious crew. Big and small, young and old--all cavort on slides and swings. Occasionally, there is a mishap--"Monsters in / Three-legged races / Fall upon / Their Monster faces"--but it is nothing a "monster-sicle" treat cannot fix. Young ones will want to join in on this monster romp again and again, since it is all so silly, comforting and familiar. (Picture book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 July

PreS-K--Yolen and Murphy are at it again. This time, their monsters engage in plenty of playground fun. Yolen's perfectly precise text, repetition, and rhyme make the story ideal for reading aloud to even the littlest monsters. These rainbow-hued beasts hopscotch, slide, and race around a park, but after eating "monster-sicles," some monsterly behavior leads to a lesson in saying "sorry." Murphy's tone-on-tone illustrations in warm greens, blues, and oranges give the creatures a fuzzy rather than menacing look. This blending of color may make the nuances of each page hard to pick out from a distance, but the technique lends itself to even more enjoyment one-on-one. Pair this title with Helen Ketteman's Goodnight, Little Monster (Marshall Cavendish, 2010) for a storytime even the wildest participants will enjoy.--Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OH

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