I'm not sure if everyone will agree with me, but I am a HUGE fan of giving books as gifts for the holidays. I am very lucky that all my kids love to read, and you can always find at least one of them with their nose in a book. Plus, books make great stocking stuffers, and you can wrap them up as gifts as well, and it does a great job of, ahem, bumping up the gift numbers so to speak! If I ever feel like my kids need a few more gifts, I just throw in some books and I know they are going to be happy!
We got the chance to review a great new title from Sky Pony Press recently. It's called Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production, and it's a really cute book. Here's some info about it: (from the website)
Beware what lurks beneath your bed. . . . It could lead to a monstrous adventure.
Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is miserable when her parents force her to move from New York City (the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress) to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s nothing to do there, except play her little sister Haylie’s favorite new game, Monsterville, and hang out with her new neighbor Adam.
But when a walk in the woods lands her face-to-face with a swamp monster hungry for brains and then a Sasquatch that moos, even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring. With Adam’s help, she catches the culprit behind the drama: a shape-shifting goblin who’s fled from the monster world of Down Below.
And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? Make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break.
But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and the monster must venture Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.
Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship, family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.