The Monsters' Monster


By Patrick McDonnell

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Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words.

In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.


  • Praise for The Monsters' Monster:A New York Times Bestseller AnIndieboundBestsellerA National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Silver WinnerA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2012
    A Reader's Digest Best Children's Book of All Time
  • * "The story charms, but it is the overall thoughtful design that makes this a frightfully amazing book to read. Make time to share with young monsters everywhere."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "McDonnell's greatest strength is to explore with tenderness the finest instincts humans show.... Another winner."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "This delightful title will provide a new option for 'not so scary' monster storytimes."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • "McDonnell arranges the tale so that it blooms like a dawning day.... Relax, little monsters, and enjoy the day."
  • "Simple yet inspired."
    New York Times Book Review
  • "Succinct and snappy."
    The Bulletin

On Sale
Sep 4, 2012
Page Count
40 pages

Patrick McDonnell

About the Author

Patrick McDonnell is the author and illustrator of Tek: The Modern Cave Boy, Thank You and Good Night, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story, The Monsters’ Monster, and Me…Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book. He is also the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which inspired his picture books The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, and others. He lives in New Jersey.

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