New York City Monsters by Anne Paradis

New York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find BookNew York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book by Anne Paradis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monsters in New York City!? Yep, and they just happen to like all the same destinations as us humans. This book is a great travel guide for kids. It makes New York City interesting and fun. Great illustrations and pretty well hidden monsters. Not to mention it is an interactive book that helps kids be more perceptive as they try to find all the monsters.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher. In no way does that affect my opinions.

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How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

How to Catch a MonsterHow to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What’s a kid to do when they have just landed the role of Ninja Warrior in their school play? Why catch the monster who lives in their closet of course. In this delightful picture book a little boy uses all his Ninja tricks to catch the monster who lives in his closet. It is a fiercely fun battle between boy and monster. When the monster is finally caught the boy learns surprising details about the monster.

This book has a wonderful rhythm that makes it really fun to read out loud. The illustrations are imaginative and fun. This is a perfect book for story times and by the end everyone will be giggling and wondering how the monster in their closet says hello.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.
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Stinky Spike the Pirate Dog by Peter Meisel

Stinky Spike the Pirate DogStinky Spike the Pirate Dog by Peter Meisel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spike has the best sniffer in the seven seas and it takes him all the way from the dock yard to a real treasure hunting pirate ship. In order to get home he agrees to help Captain Fishbeard and his crew find treasure. While they don’t always agree on what counts as treasure many interesting and smelly things are found.

I absolutely adored this book. It is a fun little chapter book with detailed full color illustrations. The characters are wonderfully written and have the best names. It kept me laughing and I am sure it will keep kids who are just starting to transition from picture books to chapter book entertained as well.

On a side note, I think I have met Stinky Spike when I lived on a sailboat for a year. He was sweet, loved to sniff things, was very good at scaring birds away from the boats, and was of course smelly.

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