Garbage! Monster! Burp!
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
A monster at the bottom of a hill eats all of the garbage generated by the town on top of the hill. This provides two important benefits: The monster is happy with plenty to eat and the town stays nice and clean. Unfortunately, as the town grows, so does the amount of garbage the monster must consume. He gets bigger - and he starts burping. This is, as you can probably guess, a bit unsightly and stinky. In the end, the kids figure out how to solve the problem - despite the nasty mayor's doubts and objections.
Tom Watson's books for kids are gaining a wide and appreciative audience. His traditional picture books are written in a rhythmic rhyming style and illustrated with vivid cut-paper pictures. His Stick Dog adventures are longer form and marked by a distinct narrative voice, simple pastel pictures and an offbeat (some would say downright strange) sense of humor. His books have consistently ranked very high on the children's free and paid lists on iBooks.
I keep an eye for new books by this author. I'm a big Stick Dog fan. This book is aimed at smaller kids -- more like a picture book. But I still love the story and the laughs and the message ... and I really didn't like that mayor!
This a book that will delight both kids and parents. It's got everything - a monster, an environmental crisis, bodily functions and some enterprising kids who dole out well-deserved justice. The pictures are charming and the writing's crisp and clever. I can't believe it's free. This is one kids will come back to again and again.
What a great story! My kids and I love the monster - we've read it many times and enjoy it more and more every time. The rhyming is sweet and very Suess-like. Thank you Tom Watson!