Review: The Monstore

The MonstoreThe Monstore by Tara Lazar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A picture book with a wonderfully ‘Monstore-ly’ story. It reminded me a little of the movie “The Monsters” with Billy Crystal.

Monsters are supposed to be scary and in this story, they are; but not the way the boy, Zach, expects them to be. His plan is to go to the Monstore, and buy a monster to scare his sister away. That doesn’t work, so he buys two more, then three more, then more and more.

Instead of scaring his sister, monster after monster, purchase after purchase, befriends her. Zach cannot get any privacy. Zach is not being left alone, eventually the monsters and his sister frighten Zach away. He moves out of his room and into the not-quite-as-scary basement.

A cute book, good for Halloween or actually anytime a child might feel frightened. Also any child who has been bothered by the presence of another sibling should relate to this story.

Tara’s word play is quite clever and quirky which makes this both a fun and funny read-aloud and thought provoking book.

The illustrations are quite colorful and bright and colorful helping to turn the frightening monsters into lovable creatures. James Burkes artwork is imaginative and it includes a story of its own. Try paging through the book and see where the various monsters repeat and hide on each page.

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