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Hey hey!

Are you in the mood for a little Monster Mayhem?

You've come to the right place. Today, we're celebrating the official release of Mostly Monsterly (Simon & Schuster, 2010) by Tammi Sauer and Scott Magoon! You know what that means, don't you? 

We can growl, and lurch, and create major league havoc to our heart's content, a.k.a, be ourselves! For those of you who happen to look a little too sweet and respectable on the outside, feel free to don any one of these monster-friendly masks for the duration of the party:

In this, the third of Tammi's picture books (following the hugely successful Cowboy Camp and Chicken Dance), we have a bug-eyed, pointy-earred, furry fanged little monster called Bernadette.

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She certainly looks monsterly, but inside, she's harboring a deep, dark secret: a sweet streak. 


Sometimes, she likes to pick flowers (gasp!), or pet kittens (oh, the horror), or even bake (nothing wrong with that). 

So when she goes to Monster Academy, she has a little trouble fitting in.

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While everyone else is growling, lurching, and focusing on destruction, Bernadette sings and calls for a group hug. Of course, the other monsters are appalled, so Bernadette must pull out her Secret Weapon: *treats* -- more specifically, cupcakes with sprinkles!!

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Eeeeee! Yes, yes yes! Brilliant Bernadette!

But no, it doesn't work. The other monsters think cupcakes are gross (sacrilege)! Can Bernadette come up with another plan to win her classmates over, and still remain true to herself?

This simply told, perfectly paced, quirky social acceptance tale with a beastly twist will delight young readers who march to the tune of their own drummers, suggesting that with a little ingenuity, they can make their differences work to their advantage. Bernadette doesn't have to compromise her "niceness" or quash her giving spirit. She just tweaks her final gesture a little to conform to expected behavior.

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Magoon's lovable alien-like monsters, with their pointy heads and feet, preponderance of eyeballs, weird shapes and fetching colors, strike just the right balance between comical and scary, effectively underscoring the theme of individual differences. Their gestures and expressions are deliciously captivating, even endearing, with their requests for fried snail goo and fish heads dipped in hot sauce. But in the end, our hearts go out to little Bernadette, who bakes a mean cupcake and proves that when it comes to "taming" monsters, she can hold her own. This wholly satisfying story will be embraced by any child or adult struggling with, "who I really am" vs. "what others expect me to be."

And now, *rubs hands together*, it's time for our celebration soup! Ooo-whee! But we had fun throwing this concoction together. Got to use up all the surplus mucus, dead bugs, hairballs, and pinky toe clippings laying around the house. Have no fear, friends, it's FDA approved, snot dangerous at all. Those of you in a particularly monsterly mood, feel free to sneeze right into the bowl. Those in touch with your sweet side, smell the flowers before slurping. Let's file our fangs and bang our magspoons in honor of Scott and Tammi, Master and Mistress of Mayhem! Congratulations!

Today's Special: Monster Mush (garnished with incisors and mouse turd).

To go with your soup, a little finger food,


and some monster ramen:


For dessert, cupcakes with sprinkles, of course:


Rainbow cupcake by breeleed/flickr.

and if you're turned off by all that sweetness and light, gnaw on an eyeball (we aim to please):


Alrighty, then. Time to stomp down to your local indie or click through to your fave online bookseller to score your very own copy of Mostly Monsterly. This book deserves your most imaginative shopping costume. If you go to a bricks and mortar store, seize this rare opportunity to reveal your hidden eyeballs, polish your horns and scales, die your hair green. Be sure to lurch for your book, then growl at all the salesclerks. Won't it be fun bringing out the monster in them?

illustrated by Scott Magoon
published by Simon & Schuster, August 2010
Picture book for ages 4-8, 40 pp.
Cool themes: Social dynamics, acceptance, self actualization, individuality, classroom interactions, friendship, humor, inclusion, conformity
On shelves now!

♥ Be sure to check out Tammi Sauer's official website, where you can learn more about Mostly Monsterly and find a recipe for Cupcakes with Sprinkles!

♥ Also visit Scott Magoon's totally fiend fun website.

♥ Look! There's a Mostly Monsterly store at CafePress! Check out the cool shirts for adults and kids. Tote bags, too!

♥ The official book trailer is here.

♥ Cool blog review at Miss Print.

♥ More Soup of the Day posts here.

Oh, wait. Before you go, don't forget to take off your mask!

You're not wearing a mask? Gulp.

*runs away screaming*

*Spreads posted by permission of illustrator, text copyright © 2010 Tammi Sauer, illustrations © 2010 Scott Magoon, published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

*Alien robot masks by

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.


( 50 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 31st, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Congratulations to Tammi and Scott. Hope the book sales are monstrous!

And lol, I love how you've mixed mayhem and sweetness in this post!

Aug. 31st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye. Mayhem and sweetness balance each other out well, don't you think? :)
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 31st, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll enjoy this one, Laura!
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Nobody throws a better party than you do Jama!

Beautiful post!!! We already heart Bernadette!!
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Aw thanks, Laura! Glad you came over to celebrate with us. Bernadette is a monster after your own heart -- she loves to cut paper :).
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Excellent post! Can't wait to see this one.

Aug. 31st, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Monstrously fun with a lovely side of sweet :).
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
SUCH a cute post, Jama! You need a Creative Creature tee shirt, yourself. :) Congrats, Tammi, on another winner!
Aug. 31st, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, Jama, I love this post more than cupcakes with sprinkles.

Thanks for whipping up all of this advanced monster mayhem. And that soup? It's better than fish heads dipped in hot sauce. :)
(no subject) - jamarattigan - Aug. 31st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! I saw Chicken Dance featured in a bookstore here in the UK this summer. I hope Bernadette crosses the pond, too!
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope so too. This one is lots of fun, and I think your Sweet Pea will like it.
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - amygreenfield - Sep. 1st, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yay for Tammi and Bernadette!
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear!! That's some dancing man you've got there :) . . .
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
That book looks like so much fun!
I love the treats you put out for the partay!!!
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
You've coined a new word. Love it! More finger food for you!
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
So much fun!!! And I must say, I'm looking much better in my mask!!!
Congratulations, Tami.
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, a real monster guest! Thanks for joining the party. (Please leave your mask on.) :D
Re: YIPPEE! - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
My younger daughter needs more tshirts like a hole in the head, but I have to admit - that CafePress shirt would be perfect for her. And the book sounds (and looks) absolutely adorable. Congrats to the author!

*takes a rainbow cupcake*
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I love those rainbow cupcakes! But I'll let you have as many as you like. The shirts really are cute -- there are a couple of different designs.
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
So cute!!!!! I love Bernadette. But those hot dog finger things really really really gross me out!!!!
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Funny, I never took you for the squeamish type :). Clever use of Vienna sausages and onions, I say! But they *do* look disturbingly real, and severed, don't they?
(no subject) - liz_scanlon - Aug. 31st, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Loved this terrifying yummy post!
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
So glad you dropped by! Happy to feed and terrify anytime . . .
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Aug. 31st, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: This is amazing!
Don't tell me -- you have a thing for eyeball cupcakes, too? :D
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
YAY, congrats! Love the monstrous refreshments. :-D
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Help yourself to more! Thanks for joining us today :).
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Those "fingers" would be great for a Halloween party. :>)

Fun celebration, as usual!
Aug. 31st, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
You're right! I think they were originally made for a Halloween party :). Thanks for coming to the party, Christine.
(no subject) - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 1st, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Mostly Monsterly
What a great review! I'm almost too afraid to buy my copy. (Shudder . . . Shudder)
Sep. 1st, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: Mostly Monsterly
I'm sure you'll muster up the courage :D! Great mask, BTW . . .
Re: Mostly Monsterly - tamarak - Sep. 1st, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
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