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|Little Shop of Monsters|
Author: Stine, R. L.
An illustrated, interactive story with a narrator who invites the reader to meet a vast array of pet monsters, such as the Yucky Mucky twins, and choose one to take home.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 176965
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/15)
School Library Journal (09/01/15)
The Hornbook (00/09/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2015 A young brother and sister enter the Little Shop of Monsters to have a look at the many critters that inhabit the “pet” shop. As the narrator tells each monster’s name and habits, the boy looks apprehensive while his younger sister appears enchanted and eager to enter the cages. Though most of the monsters are gross and gooey and slimy, they are not frightening in appearance, sporting bows, polka dots, stripes, or big toothy grins. The siblings leave without finding a monster to take home but with the promise (threat?) that perhaps a monster will find them instead. Great for storytime or one-on-one sharing, this tale begs for audience participation: “Wipe the sneeze off this book,” “Are YOU ticklish?” and “QUICK! TURN THE PAGE! TURN IT FAST!” Engaging illustrations, created using a variety of materials including watercolor, spray paint, colored pencils, and gouache, offer action and entertainment. This title, along with If You’re a Monster and You Know It, by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley (2010), will liven up any young crowd and be requested for repeated readings. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2015 K-Gr 3—In Stine's first picture book, an unseen narrator provides a tour of a pet shop stocked full of monsters. The spooky travelogue is peppered with slightly sinister asides, such as "I hope they don't break the glass, jump out, and EAT you. (Would that spoil your day?)." Among the beasts eager to share your home is "Bubble-Belly Billy," a greedy-eyed, long-clawed snacker who is surrounded by bones and apple cores. "Yucky" and "Mucky" are phlegmy, green twins who like to stick together. With Venus Flytrap-like pinchers, "Squeezer" and "Teaser" pass the time by playing monster games. Brown's detailed mixed-media illustrations bring these crazy creatures, who gaze out directly at readers, to life. VERDICT Frightfully funny. Children will scream for repeated visits to The Little Shop of Monsters.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.