Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Title: The Monstore
Author: Tara Lazar
Illustrator: James Burks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Ages: 4-8

"At the back of Frankensweet's Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gum balls, there's a trapdoor. Knock five times fast, hand over a bag of squirmy words, and you can crawl inside THE MONSTORE."

Synopsis: Zack would do just about anything to stop his pesky sister, Gracie from snooping around in his bedroom. But a trip to the Monstore actually causes Zack more problems than he bargained for, especially when there are no returns and no exchanges on all the monsters who don't seem to be able to do their job of frightening one pesky sister.

Why I liked it: I love the idea of a store where a kid can buy a problem solving monster. Ms. Lazar has taken a universal problem of nosey siblings and added a fun twist sure to give kids delightful ideas of how to solve their own pesky problems.


  1. I like the concept behind this book. I like the behind you don't always get what you pay for, and perhaps your original problem is not as bad as the solution. Thanks for sharing! Just stopping by from the A to Z blog challenge.

    1. Hi Shelina and welcome to my blog! Tara's book really is quite lovely and I love the surprising ending!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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    1. Hi Deb! You would think picking a picture book for a particular letter of the alphabet would be hard but the actual difficulty was in choosing ONLY one...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!