Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney


Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney

Patrick is worried about his first day of monstergarten. Everyone knows you have to be SCARY in monstergarten. Patrick's friend, Kevin, offers to show Patrick how to be scary - they roar, they sneak up on people, they bare their teeth. But Patrick still isn't ready. His parents tell him to just be himself. But what if he's not scary ENOUGH? Author Daniel J. Mahoney and artist Jef Kaminsky delight readers with a warm and funny depiction of the first day of kindergarten. Here is a story about taking a BIG step into a scary experience that kids and their parents will relate to.


A diminutive fuchsia monster named Patrick has been told that being scary is a prerequisite for attending Monstergarten. Luckily, his gap-toothed blue friend, Kevin, offers to teach him how. On a funny wordless spread, Kaminsky shows the monsters making their scariest faces, hanging upside down, and stretching out their tongues (meanwhile, a cute white cat easily out-scares the pair). Though Kaminsky's Day-Glo characters look like the adorable result of a biochemical spill, readers will recognize that Patrick's mother's advice ( Just be yourself ) is just as applicable to human classrooms as it is to monster ones. Publishers Weekly Kids will love the goofy illustrations. Instructor magazine

About the Author

Daniel J. Mahoney is a radiologic technologist, as well as a children's book author and illustrator. His picture books include The Perfect Clubhouse (Clarion), and the touch-and-feel book, I See A Monster by Laurie Young (Piggy Toes Press). He lives in Albany, NY, with his son. Jef Kaminsky has illustrated several picture books, including Bite Me, I'm a Book by Sarah Weeks, but Monstergarten is his first book in ten years. By day, he holds an executive position in the entertainment arm of publishing. The rest of the time, he lives and draws in Brooklyn, with his wife and their daughter.

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40 pages


Daniel J. Mahoney
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Publication date

1st July 2016



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