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Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Halloween! Time to... Trick or Treat on Monster Street by Danny Schnitzlein

Welcome to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, I’m afraid the “chef” couldn’t join us…she’s a bit tied up at the moment. *insert evil smile*  I will be your host the day, so please, please…get comfortable.
~motions to big creepy chair in the corner away from light~

I am Count Reads-A-Lot and though my night activities differ from your own in some fashions, there is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a deliciously good book…well, almost nothing.  Before we get started on today’s feature, the “chef” did want me to mention that there are a few contests going on right now, two of which end TONIGHT….so if you haven’t gotten your entries in yet, please do.  Trust me, you ant to enter…. ~stares at you with hypnotic gaze~

Now, moving on to the creature feature!  Today’s title of interest is a spooky delight that would make a PERFECT addition to anyone’s Halloween activities; friends, family and “dinner guests” alike will be dying to see what happens.  Are you ready for the main course?  (I know I am…)  Here it is.  Today’s book of choice is…

Danny Schnitzlein
Illustrated by
Matt Faulkner

This is the story of one young boy, his candy greedy brothers, and one faithful Halloween night they won’t soon forget.  Out making the rounds for tricks or treats, he’s separated from his siblings…good riddance too if you ask me, they’re pretty hard on the little guy!  It’s not HIS fault after all that his costume is a big pink bunny in lieu of something hairier (as if) or scarier…but scary is all in the eye of the beholder, as they’re about to find out for you see, he hasn’t merely lost his way amongst the other children on this Halloween night.  He’s stumbled upon
Monster Street
and as one could guess from the name, the usual is not behind every door or around any corner.  Though he’s lost, he finds his way thanks to some less-than-usual friends that he makes along the way. 

Surprisingly, he comes to have a good time despite the lack of sugary sweet treats currently residing in his trick-or-treat bag (trout anyone?) and he also learns a thing or two about others…or in this case monsters.  No matter the size, shape, color, or species…we’re all looking for the same thing in life, happiness and a place where we belong….and on Halloween, a costume that will scare the pants off everyone!  Whether werewolf, vampire, witch or bunny, there’s always something some will find funny while making others run for the nearest blankie and nightlight.  So go ahead, makes your scariest face, wear a mask, or dress all in lace and ruffles….it’s Halloween; time to bring out your inner “monster” and have a ghoulishly good time.

A great book for all ages that will keep you in scares and stitches year after year, this is definitely a family friendly read for all your Halloween celebrations.  The rhyming pattern of the story is reminiscent of the classic "Night Before Christmas" while doling out all the spooky goodness we look for this time of year.  The story combined with the detailed illustrations that always have a surprise or two to reveal, and you've got one title worth writing home to the Transylvanian homestead about.  (^_^)  Review copy courtesy of Emily at Peachtree Publishers.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their full catalog, feel free to visit them online, check out their blog, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter! 

So, my fellow readers…did you enjoy your glimpse of this spooky treat?  I sure hope so…for the “chef’s” sake.  One more question if you would be so kind as to indulge my curiosity.  What’s the scariest costume you’ve ever donned for Halloween?  What are you dressing up as this year?  The comments are open…feel free to let your thoughts flow like a red river….

Until next time…have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN…and happy reading!


Juju at Tales of said...

So cute. Great review.

Alexia561 said...

Thanks for the review Count Reads-A-Lot! Sounds like an adorable book. Hope the Chef rests up and recovers! ;)

My scariest costume was when I dressed up as a goth. Big mistake was dying my hair black with a "temporary" dye that didn't want to come out! Took months to grow out. I do NOT look good with jet black hair! *L*

GMR said...

Juju: Thanks!

Alexia561: Ahem...yes, recovered works fine for my status. ^_^ really committed to that costume, didn't you? LOL.

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