Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Monstore for Picture Book Friday

With Halloween on the way, I thought I would start the parade of monster/witch/spooky picture books. My husband hasn't retrieved my stash of Halloween books from the attic yet, so you will have to wait on our family favorites, but I thought I would share one this week that was just released.  This book is all fun, no fright!

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Title:       The Monstore

Author:   Tara Lazar

Target:    Preschool - Grade 2

What this book is about:
Zach discovers the Monstore in the back of Frakensweet’s Candy Shoppe.  They sell monsters for every kind of need a kid could want: eating your mom’s no so appealing casserole, glowing in the dark for late night reading and getting rid of pesky sisters!  It is the last kinds that Zach is interested in.  However, once Zach gets his monster home, it turns out the monster would rather play with Zach’s sister Gracie than get rid of her.  Not to be deterred, Zach gets another monster, but the same thing happens.  Before he knows it, his house is full of monsters and his sister is bugging him more than ever.  What to do?

Why I love this book:
This book is all fun and the monsters are the delightfully entertaining kind, not the scary kind.  The illustrations are bold and bright and just add to the pleasure of this story.  

I also personally liked that Gracie was full of silly enjoyment.  While she loves surrounding herself with monsters, what really scares her in the end is a bright shiny tiara.  I like books that don’t stereotype girls.

Who this book is for:
Anyone who ever had a pesky little sister will truly enjoy this story.  Also kids who just like a fun read.

Final thoughts:
Don’t think a monster can solve all your problems!

To purchase this book from Amazon, click on the following link: The Monstore  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.

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