The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster

A Tale of Picky Eating

Book - 2007
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A young American girl's picky eating habits transform a small worm into the famous Loch Ness monster. Includes facts about the biology of pickiness.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
ISBN: 9780618556441
0618556443
Call Number: FLAHERTY
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Scotland -- Fiction.
Scotland -- Juvenile fiction.
Loch Ness monster -- Fiction.
Diet -- Fiction.
Food habits -- Fiction.
Loch Ness monster -- Juvenile fiction.
Diet -- Juvenile fiction.
Food habits -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Magoon, Scott - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Luck of the Loch Ness monster.

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mmcbeth29
Aug 18, 2015

SUMMARY: Katerina-Elizabeth takes a voyage to Scotland. Her parents expect her to eat oatmeal every single morning. She hates oatmeal. So she throws it through a porthole. A sea worm takes notice and eats the treat. He grows bigger. The worm follows the ship and eats every morsel of the oatmeal and keeps growing larger on the way to Scotland. Katerina plays with the worm until she reaches her grandmother's. The large worm must now find new ways of being fed and is discovered.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. Although they are absolutely gorgeous and deliciously detailed, they are a bit too dark in some places making it difficult to see all of the details--such as a dark worm up against a dark ship.

THE GOOD: This is a unique story about how the Loch Ness "monster" came to be. How else could he grow so large except by being fed Scottish national foods such as oatmeal, haggis, and suet pudding! Even the tourists brought oatmeal in homage to the great creature. I absolutely love oatmeal (being Scottish) and did hate to see it maligned though.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The size of the text is super small, especially against the darkness of some of the illustrations. I struggled to read each page. There was plenty of room to make it bigger. The over darkness of the illustrations also caused me trouble on some pages. These could have been lightened a bit for better viewing.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 2-5

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