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PreS-Gr 2—It's nearly Halloween, and Monster is having trouble deciding on just the right look. With the encouragement of a young boy, the creature enthusiastically tries out several different costumes-cowboy, pink-tutu-wearing ballet dancer, masked ninja-but tires of each outfit before the big day. Never fear, Monster manages to come up with a mix-and-match ensemble that makes him a standout among the trick-or-treaters. Jaunty rhymes are paired with slick animation-style cartoon artwork that depicts a not-too-frightening fuzzy beast with sharp teeth, long claws, yellow horns, and a winning smile. The cadenced text and humorous illustrations work well together for a lighthearted read-aloud. An additional purchase for collections in which soft-on-the-scary Halloween tales are in high demand.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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Halloween is the best holiday for monsters. (Duh, right?) This little boy’s monster is particularly excited about the costuming element: “I said to Monster, / ‘Do you know what kind you’d want to wear?’ / An astronaut? / A fireman? / A giant Bartlett pear?” Nope, a cowboy—a costume so exciting that Monster wears his “twenty-gallon hat” all week until he tires of it. His next fascination is with ballet: “Monster put a tutu on / and danced around the kitchen. / Pirouette, / plié, / tendu, / and back to first position.” But his enthusiasm for dance runs out, too, thus setting a pattern. The rhymes, quite obviously, are bouncy and irreverent, and just as much heck is raised by Grieb’s cartoony illustrations of the enormous, blue, horned beast with the happy underbite as he cavorts around the home before dropping from exhaustion. Halloween finally arrives—along with a wonderfully busy two-page spread of trick-or-treating—with Monster combining the best of all his interests: “The Dancing Cowboy Ninja was the costume of the night!” Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Series: Monster & Me
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scarletta Kids (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938063090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938063091
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Czajak got an 'F' with the words "get a tutor" on his college writing paper and after that, never thought he'd become a writer. But after spending twenty years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Living in Massachusetts with his wife, and two little monsters, Paul has rediscovered his passion for writing and looks forward to sharing his stories for years to come.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Anastasi on October 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We were looking for some new books for the holiday when I cam across this one at Kroger, of all places. Beautiful illustrations and rhyming that makes sense and isn't forced. Highly recommend this book. I will also be looking for his next one when it comes out. Big Big Big fan! Wish it were available as a board book so my daughter could really get her hands on it. For now it is a story time only book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Library Shelf on October 22, 2013
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Monster Needs a Costume is a great rhyming picture book! It has rhythm, interesting words, and spectacular drawings. If you're like me and you enjoy well-written rhyming picture books, this is the book for you. Jump on the bandwagon now, because Monster and his boy should have lots more adventures on the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Andrews on August 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Delightful, refreshing, insightful read for both parent's and children as well. Conundrum that has plagued many a child, parent and monster as Halloween approaches. Enjoyed meeting the author, reading the book and watching and interview on DCAT.org. On Demand...Public Access "Off the Shelf" (D. Andrews mother...Veronica Andrews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ekster on September 8, 2013
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This is a delightful rhyming funny story that many kids will relate to as they think about choosing a costume for Halloween. The illustrations are fabulous and add much to the story. Czajak and Grieb making a winning team in a book that kids will want to read and reread. Fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven M on October 5, 2013
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Great story with unique twists and turns.. in this Monster & Me series!! Kids will love this story of a Monster dealing with costume decisions during his favorite time of the year! Superb illustrations by Grieb! Pick it up today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on October 11, 2013
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Great story with lots of unique twists and turns that keeps your children wanting to see what happens next. Can't wait for the next book to arrive in the Spring!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rekooba on August 29, 2013
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I got this book for my niece, and she loved it! I also enjoyed reading it to her, and would recommend it for anybody needing a good gift for a little one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Sullivan on September 23, 2013
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Love the book !!!! Great kids book, There is a little monster in all of us .It will complete any kids collection to make them feel good about themselves.
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