Perfect Picture Book Friday! Tara Lazar’s The Monstore

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 Monstoreby 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!

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Title: The Monstore

Author/Illustrator: Tara Lazar and James Burks

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!

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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!

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13 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Tara Lazar’s The Monstore

  1. Love those kid pics! This is a great book. It’s perfect in so many ways. And . . . is that a cabybara?

    • Yes, it’s Caplin the capybara reading his owner Melanie Typaldos’s MG book Celeste and the Giant Hamster! I love his picture. I’ll be reviewing Celeste in the near future….

  2. Always great to see another shout-out for Tara’s book! (And like Joanne, I’m wondering nutria or capybara? Do you do wildlife rehab?)

  3. A capybara!! I’m impressed. But I guess it’s not yours? We used to have capybaras here in Glen Rose at Fossil Rim. I never got to see them but the Mom Person always had stories about them. I haven’t read this Monstore book yet but I’ve been hearing all about it and it looks crazy great! I’m going to have to find it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Joanna

    One of my absolutely favorite monster picture books.

  5. I really love this monster book. Thought about reviewing it, but knew someone would today. It is very clever!

  6. What fun. . .and I love the boy’s photos mirroring the monsters! I took Mira’s PB Academy. It was very helpful!

  7. Of Course, now why didn’t I think to review this Great Story, great choice, thanks Beverly.

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