Book Review: Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2) by R.L. Stine

Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2)  by R.L. Stine opens with Mario Galagos vacationing with his friends and their parents in Vermont.  When Mario finds an ugly stone statue and brings it into the house, he unknowingly starts a war with goblins. Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book.  I received it for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Growing up, I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine and his Fear Street series.  Having read the first book in this new series and enjoying it, I wanted to see if the second installment was as good as it's predecessor.  Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed with Goblin Monday . Although the age range for this book is for children aged eight to twelve years old, I actually think it's more appropriate for kids aged six to eight years old.  As the story develops, I kept expecting something scary or suspenseful to happen, but neither of those things happen until the reader has read approxim

Book Review: Monsters at Christmas by Laura Baker, Illustrated by Nina Dzyvulska

Book Review Monsters at Christmas by Laura Baker, Illustrated by Nina Dzyvulska

Monsters at Christmas by Laura Baker and illustrated by Nina Dzyvulska is a children's book about how monsters prepare for the Christmas holiday.  The expected publication date is September 5, 2023.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the advanced readers copy (ARC) of Monsters at Christmas by Laura Baker.  Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays, especially as a child, so I was happy to be approved to read this book.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Perfect for children that are toddlers, this book is perfect to help kids learn how to read with all the rhyming sentences.  It's a bit reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book.  I like the fact that the book shows kids that monsters aren't always scary and can enjoy activities that others enjoy.

The illustrations were fantastic and fun to look at.  At the end of the book, the author asks if we saw the "Christmas Monster" in each scene.  I didn't even notice that this character appeared in all the scenes, so it was enjoyable to go back to find him.  It was a little like a "Where's Waldo" book.

Five out of five stars is what I gave Monsters at Christmas by Laura Baker and illustrated by Nina Dzyvulska.  If you're looking for a book to put you and your child in the mood for the Christmas holiday, then this is the perfect book for that.


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