“The Monstore” Meets Perfect Picture Book Friday

Did you ever buy something that didn’t work EXACTLY like it did in a TV commercial? Did you ever save up your allowances, as a kid, to buy the toy all of your friends had or desperately wanted?

Like me, you probably emptied your piggy bank and scrounged between sofa cushions for pennies. You probably didn’t even splurge on a pack of gum. Finally, the day arrived when you had enough money.

You plunked down a fistful of noisy coins and hurried home with your new toy to play. But disappoint followed when the toy didn’t work EXACTLY like it did on TV. The slinky snagged on the shag carpet on the second step. The pet rock spent all of its time playing dead. The spinner on the game of LIFE jammed and stopped making that amazing, whirring sound.

After you pouted, kicked the toy across the room, and complained about the money you wasted, you tried to return the toy and GET YOUR MONEY BACK!

“I’m sorry, but we can’t accept opened or used toys.”

“No returns or refunds.”

“Sorry.”

Like me, you probably brought home your disappointment and shoved the toy under your bed.

If this scenario is even the teensiest bit familiar, you’ll find yourself relating to today’s incredibly fun Perfect Picture Book.

Title – The Monstore

Author – Tara Lazar

Illustrator – James Burks

Published by – Aladan – 2013

Suitable for ages – 4-8

Topics/Theme – Monsters and siblings

Opening – At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gum balls, there’s a trapdoor. Knock five times fast, hand over a bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside… THE MONSTORE.

Amazon Review HERE. The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs. Which is perfect, since Zack definitely has a monsterly need. The problem? His pesky little sister, Gracie, who never pays attention to that “Keep Out” sign on Zack’s door–the one he has made especially for her.

But when Zack’s monsters don’t exactly work as planned, he soon finds out that the Monstore has a few rules: No Refunds. No exchanges. No exceptions.

Learn more about Tara Lazar HERE.

Learn more about James Burks HERE.

Find some Monsterly-fun art projects for kids HERE, like these super adorable glove monsters!

glove monsters

Image credit –  playideas.com

Until next Friday!

15 thoughts on ““The Monstore” Meets Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Thanks for sharing this book, Leslie, along with your own childhood experiences of doing whatever it took to obtain a sought-after toy (for me it was Pokey!). I love Tara Lazar, and was fortunate to meet her at Highlights in November for a rhyming picture book retreat. She’s astonishingly humorous, down to earth, and motivating. I appreciate the recommendation!

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  2. Thank you! Your kind words about my post brought a big smile. Tara has a gift when it comes to entertaining children (and adults) with her stories. Each book proves she doesn’t go after the first idea to surface but instead shows the extent she’ll push to truly delight her readers.

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