Little, Brown. Jun. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316559324.
K-Gr 2–A monster with a penchant for hot dogs terrorizes a city in this picture book from the creator of the “Catstronauts” graphic novel series. A child-sized green monster rides the train into an unnamed city, excitedly reviewing a guide to the best hot dog joints in town. But what’s a hungry creature to do when the top spot is closed for vacation? This dinosaur-like foodie becomes “HANGRY”, growing to the size of Godzilla and quickly taking out his frustration on the streetscape. Townsfolk offer broccoli and cabbage by the truckload, but it’s the arrival of a hot dog cart that finally provides hope of satisfying the monster’s appetite. Though a pigeon takes off with the first offering, the hot dog vendor announces he “has enough for everyone,” and soon the monster and the citizens are happily munching as he slowly returns to his normal size. Brockington’s graphic novel background is evident in the paneled layout and colorful mixed media cartoon illustrations. The monster makes for an appealing protagonist, full of personality and a relatable range of emotions. Overall, it’s a thin but fun story, and young audiences will commiserate with the monster’s single-minded pursuit of a favorite food.
VERDICT Not a first-purchase, but a solid addition to larger picture book collections

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