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Everybody's favorite monster is having a birthday!The party guests have arrived and are ready for a day of birthday fun, but Billy is having a hard time sharing his new things. He can jump rope and throw his ball all by himself, right? And when sister Hazel gives him a box of games, well, he can play those by himself, too -- or can he? A hilarious visit with Pat Hutchin's irrepressible monster who learns that sometimes sharing can be hard -- but also lots of fun. Happy Birthday, Billy!
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"I tend to see the funny side of things," says Pat Hutchins. Whether it's the light, subtle humor of her first picture book, Rosie's Walk, or the slapstick comedy of Rats!, her special gift of humor is reflected in both words and pictures.
Pat Hutchins was born in Yorkshire, England, one of seven children, and grew up in the countryside of Yorkshire, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist.
She was encouraged by an elderly couple, who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school gave her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew.
She says she tries "to write about what children say and do," and she believes in very simple picture books for the youngest child. But her simple texts and wonderfully vivid pictures manage to convey the most complex emotions. She also has the rare ability to use such basic concepts as time, growth, and change to create imaginative, satisfying books for children. Her ideas come from a variety of sources: listening to her children and their friends, or sometimes from real situations. The idea for The Very Worst Monster came to her when her niece told her she wanted to give her baby brother away. Ms. Hutchins tempered the theme of sibling rivalry by using soft watercolors to make the monster family more lovable. The result is a delightfully wicked monster family that children will wish lived next door.
Pat Hutchins lives in London with her husband, Laurence, also an artist. They have two sons, Morgan and Sam.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Hutchins's beloved Billy the monster is back, eager for his birthday treats. The clawed, green youngster hoards his new ball, jump rope, and toy car. Any suggestion of sharing with his guests is met with the child's insistent reply, "No! It's MY birthday." His final gift is one he can not play with on his own, so the tables turn, at least temporarily. Naturally, all ends well, with all of the party goers sharing and having fun. Full-color art, done in gouache, shows wonderfully weird characters in minimalist settings. With its arresting colors and gentle lesson, this tale will be a super storytime selection.
Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1999. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110688096646
Book Description Greenwillow, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0688096646