Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster

Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster Cover

Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster

By Susan Hood; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781442406018, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Description
Meet Spike, a lovable monster and a real-life salamander who's looking for friends in this lively picture book that includes Spanish vocabulary.
Spike is a scary-looking salamander who keeps trying to frighten other animals until he finds that using fear is not the best way to make friends. And since Spike lives in Mexico (he is an endangered species called the axolotl), this story is peppered with easy-to-understand Spanish words. In addition to a charming tale of friendship, this picture book contains nonfiction information about the axolotl and a Spanish/English glossary.


About the Author


Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children s books, including the Caldecott Honor books "The Right Word "and "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated "Tupelo Rides the Rails"; "Carmine: A Little More Red", which was a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children s Book; and "Balloons Over Broadway", a picture book biography that was named a 2011 "Publishers Weekly" Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.