The Monstore

The Monstore

Book - 2013
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Zack's plan to scare his pesky sister goes awry when he buys defective monsters from the Monstore.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2013.
Edition: 1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781442420175
1442420170
Branch Call Number: JE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Burks, James (James R.) - Illustrator

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forbesrachel Oct 05, 2013

Welcome to the Monstore, where any monster can be yours. These creatures of the night are useful for any number of things, like scaring a sister. For brothers it could be very beneficial to own one, if they were any good at this.
Turning each page brings new surprises, unpredictability is what makes this narrative fun. At regular intervals rhyme is used to hold a child's interest when the owner declares "no returns", which gives some stability to the structure. Onomatopoeic words are barely present, and these are usually a staple of "scary" picture books; atmosphere is not given a lot of presence. In the final third of the book some delicious descriptive words appear, and it is a shame they were not used throughout, as they compliment the kooky art style really well.
With such a creative setting. this title could have been truly great if it had a bit more consistency to its written component.

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