The Monster Who Lost His Mean

The Monster Who Lost His Mean
by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Publisher: Holt/Macmillan, 2012
ISBN: 978-0805093759
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Summary Everyone knows that the M in “monster” stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can’t be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all? One young monster’s attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers—with a little help from new friends—that it’s not what you’re called but who you are that counts.

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“Readers will chime in with the ‘hip, hip hooray’ this cuddly-looking creature earns when he finally embraces and celebrates his differences.” —Kirkus

“…listeners and readers will delight in the Onster’s search for his place in the world.” —School Library Journal

“Monsters are characterized in this takeoff of letter-word associations as Mean, Observant, Noisy, Super Strong, Tough-to-please, Envious, and Remarkable, but what happens if the letter M for Mean is missing? The multicolored monster crew of Monsterwood won’t tolerate the chartreuse mutant, not even while eating eyeball soup. Try as he might to find the M and be mean (view his delightful but vain search attempts in the endpapers), Onster’s behavior is altered. A new identity brings an array of friends that leave footprints on his heart. Bold digital illustrations on white backgrounds illuminate Onster’s antics. This clever picture book by Tiffany Strelitz Haber in her debut as an author features a lively rhyming text and portrays appealing monster creatures sure to pique young reader’s enthusiasm.” —Children’s Literature, Barbara Troisi


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About the Author

Tiffany Strelitz Haber has eaten fried bugs, jumped out of airplanes and lives for adventures in general.  Tiffany grew up in NYC, but is now located in central NJ, and available for workshops everywhere.

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