Thursday, October 10, 2013

Not So Scary Monsters


The Monster at the End of this Book by John Stone and Mike Smolin

This book builds up anticipation.  Grover is scared and he doesn’t want you to turn the pages because of the monster at the end.  On each page he gets more and more desperate.  You’ll never guess who the monster at the end of the book actually is.  This was my son’s favorite book for the first five years of his life.  My daughter loved it too.

I would read this book to kids 1-5 years old.


Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper cannot stop snitching carrots from the garden.  Then one day, he thinks he is being followed by carrots.  He sees them all over but it always turns out to be something else.  He gets so frightened he builds a fence all around the garden so he won’t pick any more and they can’t escape.  Does it turn out the carrots had a plan all along?  Any kid who gets a little scared of things in the dark that turn out to be a pile of clothes or something will enjoy this story.  I would read this book to kids 3-6 years old.


Where the Wild Thing Are by Maurice Sendak

They gnash their terrible teeth but Max is the king of the wild things after he gets sent to his room for his behavior.  The wild things are ugly but lovable.  And what kid doesn’t love a wild rumpus?  The end shows that moms always forgive their kids no matter what.

A real classic.  I would read this book to kids 3-6 years old.


The Principal from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Hubie has been sent to the principal’s office because of his antics in the classroom.  He is really sweating it because he heard all kinds of rumors about the principal and how she turns kids into coat racks and some kids never even return.  He is shaking in his boots but to his surprise it turns out she is a kind and understanding principal.  Hubie “escapes” with his life in tact but will he confess to his friends?  I would read this book to kids 4-7 years old.
So you see not all monsters have to be scary..... unless they're Godzilla. But that's a story for another day.  Until next week, keep on reading.