Monster School by Kate Coombs

If you’re looking for some spooky rhyming fun, then Monster School by Kate Coombs will fit the bill.

In this kooky and zany book, young readers will find rhymes about a student who loses things–like body parts, a unique family tree, a boy who avoids his homework, a girl who you would be wise not to cross, and more monsters with all kinds of antics. These delightful lyrics will entertain any youngster who enjoys monsters. Accompanied by spectacular artwork from Lee Gatlin, Monster School is sure to be a favorite for Halloween and other times of the year when you want a laugh. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, this book will get lots of reading time.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Lexile Measure: 690
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 28, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781452129389
ISBN-13: 978-1452129389
ASIN: 145212938X

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Lexile Measure: AD370L
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780399245343
ISBN-13: 978-0399245343
ASIN: 0399245340


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October 2016 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Now Online


It’s the season of falling leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween (my second favorite holiday). This month’s issue of Guardian Angel Kids is filled with poems, short stories, recipes, and articles that will help you and your youngster celebrate fall.

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Wright on Time®: Iowa, Book 6 by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley


Nadia and Aidan continue their RV adventure with a trip to visit cousins in their dad’s home state of Iowa—just in time for Halloween and Nadia’s birthday! Nadia loves having time to document their discoveries about the Time Tuner. Aidan wants to sword fight with corn.

But what’s a “Wright on thyme”? How does a turtle get to be a Prince? How can you get lost inside a computer? And just what freaky weird Halloween tricks will the Time Tuner play on them?

6th book in the Wright on Time series
Written by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle
Published: October 4, 2013
ISBN: 193784806X
ISBN-13: 978-1937848064
LCCN: 2013935885
Retail price: $12.99
Pages: 162
Genre: Chapter book

Available in printed and digital formats.



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Scarecrow Finds a Friend by Blume J. Rifken

Scarecrow Finds a FriendA delightful seasonal tale of friendship is what you and your young reader will discover in Scarecrow Finds a Friend by Blume J. Rifken.

It’s just after harvest time and Scarecrow is dreaming about Tally the friendly witch and the day she came to grant him a Halloween wish. When he is suddenly woken from his dream, he finds Tally has returned and she has a problem: her flying powers are weakening from granting too many wishes. So Scarecrow devises a plan to steal the wishbone from the Thanksgiving Day turkey to help Tally get her powers back.

My daughters adored this story and begged me to read it again. At 32 pages it is long enough to attract children who are already reading on their own, but not so long that children who are still being read to will get bored. The story will fill your child with the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn.

Carl W. Wenzel provided fun and colorful illustrations that left my children asking questions about the characters and happenings–a true sign that the illustrator has brought a story to life. The cover art–which works so well with the purple cover–is actually an illustration from Page 29. From the organge patch on Scarecrow’s coat to the pink flower decorating Tally’s hat, Wenzel’s attention to detail compliments the story perfectly.

An enjoyable and entertaining seasonal read that explores friendship and working together, Scarecrow Finds a Friend will engage young readers and make them want to read about Tally and Scarecrow time and again.

Reviewer’s note:  Since the time of my original review that appeared at The Book Connection on August 25, 2008, this book has been brought to several school visits and always been a big hit.  Last year, I brought it with me to my daughter’s second grade classroom along with scarecrow garden picks decorated with Smarties candies tied to the arm in rafia.  The children loved it.  In June, when school let out, many of the students told me they still had their scarecrows and remembered my visit.

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  • Publisher: Whirlpool Press
  • ISBN-10: 0979694809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979694806
  • SRP:  $14.95 (U.S.)