Book Review

#PictureBook Review: The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine

The Little Shop of MonstersThe Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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If you are brave enough, head to the Little Shop of Monsters. It is the best place to get your monsters. They have stinky, smelly monsters, sticky and icky monsters, squeezer and teaser monsters, and piggler-giggler monsters! But before you go, you should really know… you don’t choose your monster. A monster chooses YOU!

My Thoughts
R.L. Stine and Marc Brown teaming up is like 20-year-ago Katelyn’s dream team. And it even works well today! As an animated picture book reader, this is a really fun title to share with children. There is a lot of opportunity to interact with your audience and really ham it up… holding your nose when talking about the stinkiest, pukiest, rottenest, yuckiest monsters; tickling the Tina-not-ticklish monster, and wiping the sneek off of the pages after we encounter the friendly Sneezer monster.

My only issue with this book is some of the language. At times, Stine-being-Stine suggests the monsters will jump out and eat you or might have eaten your friend that lives next door. I had to intentionally smooth over those passages by making sure to use a light, silly voice so as not to actually spook anyone. That said, over all Stine (and thankfully Brown’s illustrations) do a great job at making the word “monster” more silly than scary!

Bottom Line
Those that enjoy the classic Monster At The End of This Book, will really love Little Shop of Monsters! This would be a great title to share in storytime for a monster theme or around Halloween. Such a lot of fun!

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