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THE TEENY TINY GHOST AND THE MONSTER

Author: Kay Winters

Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger

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Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: The Spooks and Spirits Club is having a contest: First prize to the ghost who creates a monster that has never been seen before. But the Teeny Tiny Ghost is not only out of ideas, but he's afraid of everyone else's suggestions. What will he do? This is a holiday story where the ghosts are the protagonists.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, transitional reader, chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child loves ghost and monster stories, but this one never caught on.

Adult Reader Reaction: If I had to read "teeny tiny" one more time, I thought I'd scream. It was Okay at first, and it's clearly supposed to set context for everything, but it got annoying, and fast.

Pros: The story uses a seasonal tale to tell a bully-type story. Young readers can not only empathize, but also be inspired by the creativity of the Teeny Tiny Ghost.

Cons: There cadence flows awkwardly. Between the number of "teeny tiny" repetitions and an on-again-off-again rhyming scheme, it takes several readings to put it all together.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. There are some really fun stories out there that are both seasonal AND deal with fear and bullies, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BOOMER TO THE RESCUE   THE MONSTER TRAP   HALLOWEEN HOWLS; HOLIDAY POETRY (I Can Read! Series, Level 2)

Educational Themes: The story offers the opportunity to talk about bullying, judging others, and being one's self, not to mention creativity and finding your own path.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, Halloween, fantasy, ghost story, emotions, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2006

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