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Publisher: HarperFestival, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: board book
Summary: With simple presentation (and a soft furry cover) we learn about the things monsters like to do. Each pair of pages begins with "monster" and adds two additional words, usually verbs, to describe the activity. This is a seasonal picture/board book.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Reading Level: 0.8
Age of Child: Started reading with 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: It didn't take too many readings before our preschooler was reading this one independently.
Adult Reader Reaction: With less narrative, this is more a visual story. The big, bold letters offer the opportunity for pre-readers and new readers to begin word recognition.
Pros: With few words and detailed illustrations children can build their own stories. The furry edge is a nice touch.
Cons: None, unless you prefer real stories.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a board book with lots of tactile and visual value. The content will have value for several Halloweens.
Educational Themes: The illustrations offer the chance to talk about feelings and social behaviors (like taking without asking, sharing, happiness, being scared) ... without adding a lot of heavy conversation.