Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week I wrote a review on Brothers, a book about the frustration and camaraderie of siblings written by Michael Maze and illustrated by Michael Soloviov and published by Tundra Books. With Halloween just around the corner, I'm thinking about monsters.And thanks to my friend Derry at Sterling Kids Publishing (@SterlingKids) I can share with you The Monsterologist (age 4+), written by Bobbi Katz and illustrated by Adam McCauley.
There are many topics that my kids continually enjoy and monsters is one of them. Although they can read about monsters anytime of the year, there’s something about October that makes them that much more appealing.
With countless degrees, thirteen languages under his belt and an interest in the paranormal, the monsterologist’s career choice was a given. The said monsterologist has compiled a collection of his favourite findings and included them in a journal which he’s fittingly called The Monsterologist. From the acient Count Dracula and King Kong to more recent scary creatures like Compu-Monster and The Suds-Surfing Sock-Eater, The Monsterologist shares a personal side to those things to scary to think about.
I loved this book even before opening the pages. Designed to look like a leather bound journal, the cover draws you in. But the amazing illustrations don’t just stop there. Adam McCauley‘s use of graphics and layout and type face makes this a wonderful book to just look at. My kids love looking through the little details, like an personal ad for Medusa that appears at the bottom of the page. Or Dr. Frankenstein’s door you have to open (a great use of gatefolds). Each page is a delightful surprise.
Bobbi Katz‘s rhyme’s are equally enthralling. My kids love reading about monster’s they know and learning about new creatures. This isn’t a typical scare-your-pants-off monster story. Each page talks about a different monster and gives a more personal touch. My son loves Ping Pong with King Kong, where King Kong squashes the ball. My older daughter loves all the stories, but if forced to pick, she would say her favourite is The Worms In. She laughs as we read it, with the words missing from where the worms ate the paper. There is a great wit behind every rhyme too. I enjoy reading this book just as much as my kids enjoy listening. My favourite of course is a monsterized version of that Sound of Music song My Favorite Things. We must have sang that three times while reading the book and my kids want to learn all the words so they can teach their friends.
The Monsterologist is an amazing book to look at and a laugh and a delight to read. This will certainly become a new Halloween favourite, though I’m sure it will be read all year round. For added fun, be sure to visit The Monsterologist website for some interactive fun.