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The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Miller, Edward
ISBN: 0823421392     ISBN-13: 9780823421398
Publisher: Holiday House
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2008
Annotation: Beginning with a concise discussion of each food group and the newly redesigned food pyramid, and including sections on exercise, drugs, and self-esteem, this informative and lively book will help kids pick up nourishing foods and get into wholesome habits. Gr. 2-4. Miller, who illustrated Barbara Seuling's" From Head to Toe "(2002), contributes both words and pictures in another book about kids and their bodies, which focuses on healthy lifestyle choices. Opening spreads introduce the basic food groups, followed by pages about the day's early meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack), with menu suggestions for each. Later sections touch on physical and mental health: exercise, sleep, moods, and things to avoid (drugs and alcohol). The text is sometimes confusingly brief, and children will need adults to expand on such subjects as eating disorders and steroids, as well as on some sophisticated vocabulary defined). The jumbled format, with brief text boxes and bright pictures cr
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Nutrition; Juvenile literature.
Health; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Diet & Nutrition
Dewey: 613.7
LCCN: 2005046383
Lexile Measure: 880
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 9.50" W x 0.25" (0.42 lbs) 40 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45328
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Using clear language, straightforward organization, and an eye-friendly design (including text bubbles and flatly colored illustrations), this companionable text covers the food groups, healthy eating choices, sleep, exercise, hydration, and other topics pertaining to good health. The "monster" aspect is underused and appears to be a gimmick, but the comprehensive health information is right on. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 May #2)
The large square hardcover The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! by Edward Miller introduces readers to the basic rules for healthy eating and living-with a heavy dose of humor and alliterative tips (e.g., "Vary your veggies!"; "Focus on fruits!") Sidebars, highlighted advice and even jokes liven up the pages. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 June)

Gr 2-5 -Featuring a friendly, rotund, green monster determined to make healthy choices, this book presents basic information about food, exercise, and health. Each topic is introduced in one or two paragraphs; additional facts appear in boxes, sidebars, lists, and diagrams. For example, the section on "The 5 Food Groups" contains interesting tidbits such as "During the Middle Ages, onions were so valuable that people paid their rent with them" and "It takes around 550 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter." Other subjects include food nutrients, counting calories and understanding food labels, tips for making healthy lunches and snacks, the benefits of getting enough sleep and exercise, and ways to improve self-esteem. Miller's retro-style illustrations fill the pages with color, shapes, and humorous details, and silly jokes are tucked everywhere. An impressive list of Web sites provides additional resources. This lively, visually appealing book about a critical but potentially dry subject belongs in children's hands.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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