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THE MONSTER TRAP

Author: Dean Morrissey

Illustrator: Dean Morrissey

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Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2004

Material: paperback

Summary: Paddy loved his grandfather, but he wasn't sure about staying at his house by himself. As night fell, Paddy's fears grew ... especially after he heard a monster. So Pop and Paddy started building traps, each one becoming more sophisticated in hopes the could catch them. What would happen if one really worked? This is a picture book about turning the tables on the monsters kids see at night.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, advanced reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: This was a must-read in our house for several weeks; even well past Halloween.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a fun story. Even after LOTS and LOTS of reading, we continued to enjoy reading this book. The dark illustrations lend both to the setting and suspense of the story.

Pros: The story and illustrations combine to make a whimsical, creative take on that age-old problem of monsters coming out at night.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a fun bedtime story. It has monsters (which kids love) but turns the table on them making way for a positive response when you turn out the lights.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NOISES AT NIGHT   RUTHIE BON BAIR; DO NOT GO TO BED WITH WRINGING WET HAIR   DON'T BE AFRAID LITTLE BEAR (SECRET SLIDING BOOKS)

Educational Themes: You could have lots of fun thinking about and creating stories about the monsters in your home ... and how you would trap them!

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2006

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