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Matilda and her brother Dennis realize that their only hope is to stick together in harmony after their constant fighting creates a monster in the basement.
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Grade 1-3 Dennis and Matilda get along better than most brothers and sisters. They share a room, splash through puddles together and try to play on the same kickball team. But one day a minor disagreement leads to an argument, and in the basement "a yucky, slimy, icky, green and red and purple blob" crawls out of its hole. As this monster encourages the children's meanness, the creature grows larger and uglier. Only when Matilda and Dennis forget their disagreement and turn on the monster does it shrink and retreat to its cellar hideout. But, of course, the creature could reappear any time. . . . The book is condescending; the heavy-handed moral weighs down the minimal plot; the line drawings aren't striking enough to sustain interest on their own. Instead of settling for this pale tale, readers should try Pat Hutchins' monstrously better treatment of sibling rivalry in her Very Worst Monster (Greenwillow, 1985). Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, Minn.
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Book Description Crossing Pr, 1985. Condition: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP79935517