Somebody Needs to Do Something About That Monster

by Doug Cenko
Illustrated by Doug Cenko
A silly and ironic twist on “The Little Dutch Boy,” featuring a charmingly unaware monster who just wants to be kind and make a difference
Price: $18.99
  • ISBN: 9781682636107
  • Publication date: 02/20/2024
  • Page Count: 40
  • Size: 10" x 10"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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Description

A silly and ironic twist on “The Little Dutch Boy,” featuring a charmingly unaware monster who just wants to be kind and make a difference

Merv is a nice monster. He sits outside the village, snacking on plants and blissfully minding his own business. Until…the villagers start complaining about “that monster.” Merv assumes they must be talking about somebody else and decides to go take care of that nuisance himself! He asks for help from the witches, the troll under the bridge, and even the unicorns. But their assistance comes with strings attached, and poor Merv isn’t ready to meet their demands. Will Merv return to the village a failure, or might he have been helping everyone all along?

Author/Illustrator

Doug Cenko

Author and Illustrator

Somebody needs to do something about Doug Cenko. Ever since he can remember, Doug has been creating children's books. Books like LITTLE MONSTER TRUCKS GO and VIKING IN LOVE. He doesn't work all of the time, though. He also spends time with his family in Chicago. But right now, Doug has to get back to making more books. It's just what he does.

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Reviews

“This delightful and monstrous take on ‘The Little Dutch Boy’ is sure to please kiddos who love a comical quest.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“After reading about this cool monster, kids will know just what needs to be done about him—be his friend.”Kirkus Reviews

“[A] winning retelling.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] bright and boisterous picture book.”—Shelf Awareness

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BISAC 1: JUV052000 Juvenile Fiction – Monsters
BISAC 2: JUV019000 Juvenile Fiction – Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV039220 Juvenile Fiction – Social Themes – Values & Virtues

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