Spike, the Mixed-up Monster

By: Susan Hood

Illustrator: Melissa Sweet

The other animals think Spike, “cuter than a bug’s behind,” is not a monster to fear. But when a Gila monster arrives at the pond, can Spike save them all? Full-color photographs and further information about the characters’ real-life counterparts. Glossary of Spanish words. Full-color watercolor, gouache, collage, and mixed-media illustrations.

ISBN: 9781442406018

JLG Release: Jan 2013


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Salamanders , Axolotls , Gila monsters , Animals , Mexican voles , Cinnamon teal ducks , Nine-banded armadillos

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Awards & Honors

2013 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Monsters with big claws, a pointy tail, and gnashing teeth are supposed to be scary. Spike, an axolotl salamander who has all of these attributes, doesn’t frighten anyone, because he is no bigger than a lily pad. He is disappointed that his animal friends (el pato, el armadillo, el campañol) laugh at his attempts to terrify them. Monsters with big claws, a pointy tail, and gnashing teeth are supposed to be scary. Spike, an axolotl salamander who has all of these attributes, doesn’t frighten anyone, because he is no bigger than a lily pad. He is disappointed that his animal friends (el pato, el armadillo, el campañol) laugh at his attempts to terrify them. When a true monstruo arrives, the others run away in fear, leaving Spike to face the Gila monster on his own. He learns that sometimes looking friendly can be more important than looking scary. “More about Spike and His Amigos” provides useful facts and photos of the various Mexican creatures that appear in the story. A list of basic Spanish words and their English translations is also included. Sweet’s colorful mixed-media illustrations showcase Spike’s emotions in an eye-catching format that is sure to please young readers. The book is a great addition to most collections and would pair well with Mo Willems’s Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (Hyperion, 2005) and The Monster at the End of This Book (Golden Bks., 1971) for an entertaining storytime about timid monsters.—Stephanie Rivera, Naperville Public Library, IL

Book Details

ISBN

9781442406018

First Release

January 2013

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 1.5; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level AD540L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Paula Wiseman

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Salamanders, Axolotls, Gila monsters, Animals, Mexican voles, Cinnamon teal ducks, Nine-banded armadillos,

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