“The Little Shop of Monsters”

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Combine the talents of R.L. Stine creator of the “Goosebumps” series and Marc Brown author of the Arthur books and you have a pair of writers who know what children like.  Their new collaboration “The Little Shop of Monsters” is truly about monsters.

A young boy and girl venture into a Little Shop of Monsters in order to buy, what else, a monster.  The selection is varied and usually their names reflect what makes them so monster-like.  Snacker, eats constantly; Sneezer loves to sneeze right in your face; the Yucky and Mucky twins are ooey, gooey, sticky, slimy and goopy.9780316369831_p0_v1_s118x184Besides being gross these monsters and physically repugnant.  They have huge teeth,pointy or missing, their complexions are odd colors, and their noses–lets not even go there.

The text is filled with alliteration, for example one monster is named Bubble-Belly Billy, and a generous use of onomatopoeia. This book definitely lends itself to be read aloud.

Stine and Brown’s monsters are not really scary, just gross enough to be funny.

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