It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, and Halloween is almost here! Here is a book I grabbed off the shelf because I’d seen a ton of great reviews and because the cover is adorable. And because I follow Tara’s wonderful blog. It’s The Monstore, by Tara Lazar and illustrated by James Burks!
Check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog feature Perfect Picture Book Fridays. She has compiled a complete list with links to resources for home and the classroom. It’s awesome!
Title: The Monstore
Publisher: Aladdin Books (Simon & Schuster), 2013
Ages: 4-7 years
Theme: Sibling rivalry, commerce, fantasy, monsters
Opening: “At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there’s a trapdoor. Knock five times fast, hand over the bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore..”
Synopsis: The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs. Which is perfect, since Zack definitely has a monsterly need. The problem? His pesky little sister, Gracie, who never pays attention to that “Keep Out” sign on Zack’s door—the one he has made especially for her. But when Zack’s monsters don’t exactly work as planned, he soon finds out that the Monstore has a few rules: No Refunds. No exchanges. No exceptions. (from Goodreads)
Resources and ideas: Reading and writing activites
What I thought: I enjoyed the whole monster store concept and the wonderful illustrations with such a variety of expressions on the monsters’ faces. They are just like little kids!
There is some really delightful word play and a great twist at the end. My son said he would definitely read it to his kids!
Here is the brilliant Mira Reisberg’s video discussion, for those of us who would like to create such a wonderful book:
Enjoy, and let me know what you and your kids think!