• Targeted Audience: PreSchool & Lower Elementary (Ages 2-6)
• Genre: Fiction, Picture Book
• Author: Paul Czajak
• Illustrator: Wendy Grieb
• Publisher: Mighty Media Kids
• Publication Date: April 14, 2015
• Binding: Hard Cover
• Dimensions: 10″ x 10″
• Printing: Full Color
• Length: 32 Pages
• Retail: $16.95
• ISBN: 978-1938063558
What Child Doesn’t Love a Book About Monsters?
In 2013 I reviewed a previous title in the Monster & Me™ Series, Monster Needs a Costume for my Halloween Book Giveaway, and the mom who won the book contacted me to let me know her four-year-old son asked her to read the story to him over and over again. That’s how you know you’ve got a winner of a picture book.
In Monster Needs a Party, it’s time to celebrate the birthday of the loveable blue and purple hairy monster with big teeth. Naturally he wants to have a party, but when his little human friend calls his buddies, everyone is too busy to attend. This makes Monster pout – that is until his human friend takes him to Pirate Land where they have a blast on the rides and do all the other fun stuff one does in a theme park. Monster manages to have a terrific birthday without a party after all. Or does he?
“Monster, we can decorate with streamers and balloons. And wear a patch, a pirate hat, and puffy pantaloons.”
Rhyming Verse and Adorable Illustrations With a Surprise Ending
Monster Needs a Costume is told from the boy’s point of view in clever and humorous rhyming verse. The monster is irresistibly adorable, and he seems to handle his disappointment about not having a party quite graciously. He has a great time at the theme park with the boy and is grateful for having had the opportunity to have a super fun day. Little does he know there’s a surprise in store for him.
Why You’ll Love This Book
Monster Needs a Party is a terrific way to get the youngest children interested in reading, because they love monster stories. The rhythmic rhyming verse makes a perfect read aloud experience, and the fact that this title is part of a series provides readers with familiarity of the characters. The message is one of joy and kindness, and it will warm you child’s heart and make him or her smile.
About the Author
Paul Czajak got an ‘F’ with the words “get a tutor” on his college writing paper and after that, never thought he’d become a writer. But after spending twenty years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Living in Massachusetts with his wife, and two little monsters, Paul has rediscovered his passion for writing and looks forward to sharing his stories for years to come.
About the Illustrator
Wendy Grieb is a storyboard artist, Illustrator, and teacher.In 2004, she won an Annie Award for storyboarding. She has worked as an animation development artist, children’s book illustrator, and character designer for companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Sony, Klasky-Csupo, Scarletta Press , White Wolf, etc. Currently she teaches Animation at Cal State University Fullerton.
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