Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monsters Eat Whiny Children by Bruce Eric Kaplan

Anyone who has been around children knows that they whine... a lot. But did you know that monsters eat whiny children? It's true! The whinier, the better.

In this playful cautionary tale, we meet two perfectly delightful children who are in the very bad habit of whining. Unfortunately for them, they do not heed their father's warning about monsters and are quickly snatched away. But now the monsters have a problem: what delicious meal should they make with these wonderfully whiny children? While the monsters discuss the virtues of each whiny child dish, these two children just might learn a valuable lesson.

Monsters Eat Whiny Children was a great read. It reminded me of the kinds of fairy tales I grew up with; stories that didn't always end happily ever after for everyone. Don't get me wrong, this book has a happy ending, but something about it feels a little more gritty than the average children's book.

If you enjoy slightly edgier children's books, I also recommend checking out I'd Really Like to Eat A Child by Sylviane Donnio or Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. Or try Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea for a fun story that's just the right balance of sweet and satire. These amazing picture books and more can be found at your local Virginia Beach Public Library location.

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