Clever. That's the first word that came to mind after reading Garett Gruber's "Monster Removal Guide," a humorous and comical romp that helps kids get the better of their nighttime fears by introducing 10 inventive ways to outwit monsters.
Methods include the "Kung Fu Kid," Very Bad Poetry" and the "Wig-Out." Each page offers a "how-to" and matching illustration, thanks to artist Patrick Carlson, which show children that monsters really aren't all that scary – in fact, they're afraid of quite a few everyday items.
Kids can also submit their preferred monster removal processes – and they can add the creatures they've encountered, as well. (The 12 featured in the book were identified by a range of kiddies, and each creature has his or her own monster-ific ability.)
While the book's illustrations, storyline and overall creativity pops, for me – and I think for many adult readers – the highlight of this selection is the deadpan, yet conversational writing style. It's absolutely spot on; some of the tips offered up to readers are laugh-out-loud funny.
In addition, the book – Gruber's first for kiddies – recently garnered notice from Children's Literary Classics, an organization working to promote excellence in selections for young readers. "Monster Removal Guide" earned the CLC Seal of Approval.
For more information on the book, visit monsterremovalguide.com.
Kristen Schott is OC Family's children's book editor. Be sure to check out "Storytime," my video book reviews, for more fun facts about stories you and your kiddies must read.
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