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Write a Review Wednesday: The Scariest Monster in the World

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 the wonderful Halloween rhyming story Over in the Hollow, written by Rebecca Dickson and illustrated by S.britt (published by Chronicle Books). With this being the last Wednesday before Halloween, I’m still thinking about great monster stories. This week have the cute story The Scariest Monster in the World (age 3-6) by Lee Weatherly and Algy Craig Hall (published by Boxer Books, an imprint of Sterling Kids Publishing). I have to thank my friend Derry at Sterling Kids Publishing for my review copy.

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scariestcoverOnce there was a very scary monster. All the animals in the world ran whenever they saw him coming. That is until the monster was hit with something terrible: hiccups! Now he needed the animals to help him. The very scary monster tried everything the animals suggested, but nothing worked. The only thing the animals thought would cure the monster’s hiccups was to scare them out. But what could scare the scariest monster in the world?

The Scariest Monster in the World is a not-so-scary monster story. The image of him on the front cover sort of gives that away. The tricks the monster goes through to try and rid himself of the dreaded hiccups made the kids giggle. What ended up curing the monster’s hiccups was a great surprise.

I loved how some words were given emphasis by showing the text large like an image. When reading I couldn’t help but make the sounds associated with these words; the large type invited me to create the sound effects. After the monster cures his hiccups, you would expect the story to end, you would expect the monster to go back to being the scariest monster in the world, but he doesn’t want to scare his new friends anymore. Not only do the animals help the monster with his hiccups, they help him to be a friend.

My kids love monster stories. This is a wonderful monster story that even my two-year old can enjoy without any scary thoughts. This is a wonderful tale of discovering friendship. I love that it shows someone who spends their life being mean can change and be accepted by others, by new friends. This is a great lesson of acceptance that all kids will enjoy.

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The scariest monster in the world isn't so scary with hiccups

If you want to add The Scariest Monster in the World to your personal library, visit Amazon.ca. You can discover other great books by reading past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

Write a Review Wednesday: The Monsterologist

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.

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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.

You can add this to your own personal library from Amazon.ca. If your interested in finding other books, check out the previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.

Mad about Monsters, guest post

My children love stories about ghosts and zombies and things that go bump in the night. They like to read them and make up their own stories. This is especially true in October, with Halloween fast approaching. If you’re looking for some fun monster stories to share with your kids, visit my October post, Mad about Monsters, at No Time for Flash Cards.

You can find my book reviews every first Saturday of the month over on No Time for Flash Cards. I hope you’ll pop by and check out some great books to share with your kids.