From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. From the plot to the characters, fun is the order of the day in this light and humorous story. Rilla Harmony Earth, 13, is a 90s kind of girl. Snacking on healthy foods and avoiding her home-school homework, she surfs the Net in hopes of locating her father, whom she has not seen in years. She and her friend Joshua share the secret that adds both fun and aggravation to her life: some of the Monster of the Month Club stuffed animals that arrive by mail have come to life in her attic bedroom. She sneaks food to the shy Butterscotch (August), attempts to quiet the rowdy Sparkler (July), and covers for Owl (September), who completes her homework and runs up the Internet bill while she is in school. Things end happily: Rilla has her first date; the monsters remain undetected; and best of all, the girl finds her father, and her mother is amenable to his holiday visit. Sweet's whimsical black-and-white sketches appear at the beginning of each chapter. An enjoyable and quick read that successfully combines realistic family situations with a touch of fantasy.?Leigh Ann Jones, Carroll Middle School, Southlake, TX
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Gr. 4-6. This third in a planned Monster of the Month Club Quartet continues the story of 13-year-old Rilla Harmony Earth, who receives monthly deliveries of stuffed monsters that spring to life in her attic bedroom. In this episode, Rilla discovers the joys of surfing the Net. Unfortunately, so does her latest monster, whose time online is costing Rilla's single mom way too much. When Mom threatens to cancel the subscription, Rilla is forced to confess she is close to locating her father through a lost-and-found service on the Net. In a cliffhanger ending that will surely have readers eagerly anticipating the upcoming fourth novel, Rilla is about to see a lifelong dream come true: Christmas with the father who abandoned her mother before Rilla was even born. A fine addition to a coming-of-age series. Lauren Peterson