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  • Oct 15, 2012
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"How do you do?

I'm Professor LeGrand,
Of LeGrand University,
The world's foremost expert
On monster diversity.

Pay careful attention to my
Lecture this morning,
Take meticulous notes,
And remember this warning.

I have worked forty years on this neatly typed list
Of mischievous monsters whose natures consist
Of conduct I best can describe here at present
As something far less than what most would call pleasant." - From the book (Hardcover, 29 pages)

Thanks to Professor LeGrand, you can be forewarned of the Hedge-Standing Snit, Whichwayawawa, Three-Toed Albanian Sock Bats, Snurps from the Gamma-Goon Stars and nine other monsters in his revealing book 13 Monsters Who Should Be Avoided (transcribed by Kevin Shortsleeve and illustrated by Michael Austin).

And to be forewarned is to be forearmed, should you encounter one of these thirteen beasts!

With Seussian prose, author Shortsleeve takes readers on a curious tour that's more amusing than scary, aided by Austin's colorful illustrations.

Children who enjoy the poems of Shel Silverstein or the musicality of Dr. Seuss' verse will likely enjoy this book, as would parents, teachers and caregivers who like a bit of tongue-twisty mouthfuls in their storytelling palates.

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Adults and savvy young readers may recognize the influence of Seuss in this collection of poems. While Shortsleeve's rhymes and rhythmic scan are less sure than the master's, he rounds up a far-out clan of creatures that go bump in the night (and day) in this baker's dozen. His monsters range from everyday bogeymen such as the thieving Three-toed Albanian Snoring Sock Bat ("if in your dresser a nest is constructed,/ Keep count of your stockings so none are abducted") and the Whichwayawawa who can't decide on his destination at the ticket counter ("This scene can go on for a very long time,/ Making life rather grim for the next one in line"), to more alien beings (or are they?) like the Thumple-Haired Land Ants ("found only on Mars") who grab the whole family, "Fly down to Earth and rent an RV,/ Pull up at your door, and demand to have tea." First-timer Austin's illustrations have a surreal edginess, both in the style, typified by elongated shapes, skewed angles and contorted shadows, and in the intriguingly irradiated palette in shades of vermilion, Day-Glo yellow and black-light green (his three-headed "Ralph, Ed, and Joe" sporting a "Kiss the Cook" apron is a highlight). Despite the fact that readers are set up for a scare, silliness, rather than spookiness, prevails; the all-out goofiness may be a bit forced at times, but young readers will likely be entertained. Ages 6-10. (Sept.) FYI: Children can enter a nationwide contest by submitting a drawing of a monster reading a ...
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