Rodzilla

Illustrated by Dan Santat
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About The Book

This just in! There’s a Rodzilla on the loose! Is he a monster…or just your typical toddler? Tune in for the full report in this riotous picture book from Rob Sanders and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat.

Rodzilla is the mightiest toddler to ever roam the streets of the city. Marvel at the sight of his chubby monstrosity. Gaze at his toothless grin. Take a whiff of his…no, don’t do that. Only a mother could love such a creature.

Rodzilla is taking over the city (that is really his playpen) and causing all sorts of chaos for its inhabitants (um, his parents). Can he be stopped before he toddles one step too far? Told as an action-packed news report, kids will love following Rodzilla on his mighty tear through the city, and ultimately back to his parents’ arms. Because sometimes even monsters need a little help.

About The Author

Photograph by Candy Barnhisel

Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. Every day he goes to Mintz Elementary School in Brandon, Florida, to teach kids about books and words and reading and writing. Then he heads back home to write books for children. On weekends and holidays, you might find him hanging with his dog, Baxter; spending time at the beach with his great-nieces and -nephews; or talking with other children’s writers. Nothing makes his heart dance more than hearing boys and girls say, “Read it again!”

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 2017)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481457798
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD490L

Raves and Reviews

"Young listeners will enjoy the story’s over-the-top humor, while slightly older kids will have fun matching the Megalopolis sites with Rod’s toys. Give this to fans of Aaron Reynolds’ Here Comes Destructosaurus!"

– Booklist, March 15, 2017

"Sanders’s faux horror and Santat’s exuberant, richly colored spreads pour on the mayhem. Don’t read this aloud anywhere kids are expected to stay quiet."

– Publisher's Weekly, March 13, 2017

"Kids will gravitate to Santat’s marvelously clever and animated illustrations...An engaging and humorous picture book for young children and their parents to share together."

– School Library Journal, May 2017

Awards and Honors

  • Florida Book Award Gold Medal, Children's

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