Monday, November 21, 2016

The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine -- ADVISABLE

Stine, R.L. The Little Shop of Monsters, illustrated by Marc Brown. PICTURE BOOK. Hachette Book Group, 2015. $17.00.

Two children visit the narrator's favorite monster shop and explore the options there. Should they select the odiferous one whose name rhymes with "Pinky"? Or the one who loves to cuddle -- but also has a perpetual case of the sneezes? Or how about the Yucky-Mucky Twins, with their many slimy arms?

The selection of creative monsters and colorful illustrations would make this one a fun class read-aloud, especially around Halloween. While there's an air of mystery, the monsters are not truly scary. Still, it might work better for second- or third-graders than for, say, sensitive kindergarteners.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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