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Teacher’s Guide

The Monster Who Ate My Peas

by Danny Schnitzlein
illustrated by Matt Faulkner

What do you dread eating the most? For the hero of this story, it’s peas, and he thinks he’s discovered a solution.

“I closed my eyes tightly and sent out a wish
That the peas would somehow disappear from my dish.
And something quite strange and mysterious occurred,
As if somehow… somebody… somewhere had heard.”

He makes a bargain with a fiendishly funny monster. First the deal is simple: the monster will eat the boy’s peas in exchange for his soccer ball. But with each new encounter, the monster’s demands escalate. Eventually, our hero faces a daunting decision—can he conquer his loathing for peas or will he lose his most prized possession?

Matt Faulkner’s uproariously detailed illustrations and Danny Schnitzlein’s Seuss-inspired verse combine to create a clever story about how far we are willing to go to avoid doing the things we hate.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-533-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2010
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 8-7/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-116-4
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 3.6
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre F
Lexile: NP
Themes: Facing Fears, Food Choices, Nutrition
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“Arcimboldo meets Mad Magazine as a monster that looks like a cross between an octopus and a compost pile bargains with a young narrator willing to sacrifice his prized soccer ball, and even his new bike, rather than eat peas… there’s a Seussian (or Clement Clarke Moore) flavor to the rhymed text… the rollicking rhythms and madcap, over-the-top art give this… [book] plenty of comic energy.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The rhymes flow, begging to be read aloud. Faulkner has created a truly disgusting monster with hairy feet and icky toenails, covered with slimy vegetables, too big for the page. Children will clamor to hear this one again and again.” ―School Library Journal

“The author must have a hilarious imagination to write such a fun rhyming tale. So did the illustrator in creating the perfect characters for the tale, especially the grotesque monster, the darling baby and cute puppy. Kids will want to read or have this book read to them over and over again.” ―It’s About Time, MaMaw

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“Illustrated in muted, muddy earth tones, this fanciful, award-winning book features clever rhyming prose and emotion-laden imagery. It’s a great book for encouraging kids to try new foods.” ―Janet Boyer

“Full of rhyming, lyrical prose…this book is perfect for explaining that food that we dislike or hate isn’t nearly as bad as we think!” ―Jenn’s Bookshelves

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Virginia Readers’ Choice (Primary Winner) ―Virginia State Reading Association, 2005-2006

Young Hoosier Book Award (Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2003-2004

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Maryland Educational Media Organization, 2003-2004

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Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award (Nominee) ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2003-2004

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2003-2004

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Meet the Author

Danny Schnitzlein studied creative writing at Eckerd College and holds a BS degree from the University of Florida. He lives in Georgia.

Meet the Illustrator

Matt Faulkner has written and illustrated a number of books, including The Black Belt, The Amazing Voyage of Jackie Grace, The Moon Clock, The Twelve Wild Geese, and The Giving Season. He has also illustrated Trick or Treat on Monster Street, The Monster Who Ate My Peas, and Scatter Brain Sam. In addition to writing and illustrating books for children, Faulkner also creates illustrations for national newspapers and magazines. You can visit his website here.