Don’t you hate this phase? Not sleeping at night, monsters under the bed or snooping outside the window, and all around too scared to fall asleep. I don’t know about you, but I try to get books on monsters to ease my daughter’s fears, so we can get a good night’s rest one day in the hopefully not so distant future. We have made a monster in a jar, her own creation. We have drawn friendly monsters and decorated our doors with them. We read monster stories of kind, helpful monsters and, of course, books on how monsters only live in our imaginations!
This is a short story called “Seven Scary Monsters” for children about monsters, told all in rhyme. We opened the book to see a young boy cowering in his bed, peeking out from beneath his covers. Take a look around his room and see not one, but SEVEN monsters! They are everywhere even flying his model airplane hanging from the ceiling! Uh oh, one is coming up to the boy…he quickly jumps out and catches the monster in his toy box, um, I mean monster box. Now the remaining monsters decide to read? Or eat his books and one is destroying the pages in a book. The boy sucks up the monster in his trash can turned vacuum and deposits him into the dirty laundry pile, um, I mean compost pile. Oh no, the monsters left decide to break into the computer and start to crash it. With a flashlight taped to a baseball bat, the boy zaps him! And on, until every last monster is gone. But now the boy finds his room too empty, and he is left feeling lonely, so he apologizes to the monsters and begs them to return. Even bribing them by saying he will read their favorite monster story. The book ends with all of the monsters cuddled up asleep next to the sleeping child; THAT is one full bed!
My daughter enjoyed the boy’s inventive ways to get rid of the monsters in “Seven Scary Monsters” and how brave he was! The ending surprised her as she would never ask them to come back!! Each monster is different, but some have sharp teeth, horns for noses, are extremely large, antlers, extra eyes, beaks for mouths, and horns. Some look cuddly, while others just look strange! Some of the actions by the boy, you might not want repeated in your own home, or you will wake to find stuff in disarray and silly string all over. Some of the wording was odd too, as this recurring phrase “Rick! Rack! Wrinkleshack! Don’t you dare come back!” This 32-page book has four lines of text on every other page with full page illustrations on the facing pages and smaller pictures on the same page as the text. Some words are in bright colors while others are just in black. The text gets larger as each line is read. The illustrations are in color and look like paintings; they show the boy having the power! Not that scary, I don’t think. A fun story recommended for ages 3 and up.
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