Friday, February 20, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: The Monster That Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo

Book Synopsis:
A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn’t know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn’t do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.

They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn’t meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters.

The boys are left in a pickle. Allow the monsters to be and get grounded, or turn the monsters in knowing what will happen to them? Neither idea seems good, so they come up with a new plan!

My Review:
One of the most important questions I ask about any children's book is, "Is it fun to read?"  The Monster that Ate My Socks answers that question with a resounding "YES!"    Children will enjoy the adventures of Max as he discovers his missing and half-eaten socks and sets out to solve the mystery.  The monster in this book is a friendly creature who will pique imagination.

The book is fast paced, with lively writing.  The paragraphs are short, there is dialogue to engage young readers, and the descriptions are vivid.

The illustrations in this book are tremendous fun.  They are bold, with vivid colors, and they all feature the three-eyed monster.  The pictures really help move the story along.
This book is reading level 2.0.   Teachers and homeschooling families will love the lesson plan that is included.  The lesson plan includes new words, prediction questions, guiding questions, and word work.  

I heartily recommend this book for children who enjoy a lively book that they can read themselves.  This is a fun read that is sure to engage even reluctant readers.  

Author's Bio:
A.J. Cosmo's stories are crafted to help parents teach their children simple everyday lessons in an easy to understand manner. By artfully marrying beautiful illustrations and language, children are challenged to explore his magical worlds. Written for the transitional reader, A.J.'s stories allow your child to develop and master a new level of reading.
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Where to buy the book:
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I received a copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Annmarie Weeks said...

I wasn't really afraid of monsters as a child...because I had all the SuperFriends (batman, robin, wonderwoman, aquaman, superman) as my friends, and when we all went to sleep at night I knew they had my back!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed it :D

Birdhouse Books said...

A.J., thanks for visiting! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book.


Mary R. said...

I was afraid of monsters as a child. This book would have been a help!

me_imperturbe said...

I had to sleep in the dead center of a double bed-too close to the edge, and the monsters could get me!

Birdhouse Books said...

me_imperturbe, I did that too - complete with stuffed animals and pet cat between me and the edge of the bed for protection. :-)