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Your kids are going to want you to read this one over and over and over.


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Halloween is right around the corner, and we have the perfect bedtime story to get your little ghouls and goblins in the mood. A great kids’ story is a beautiful thing – it’s like you can just see the imagination and love of reading turning on in their little brains. Of course, the very best […]

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Posted October 12, 2014 by

 
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Halloween is right around the corner, and we have the perfect bedtime story to get your little ghouls and goblins in the mood.

A great kids’ story is a beautiful thing – it’s like you can just see the imagination and love of reading turning on in their little brains. Of course, the very best bedtime stories are the ones that the parents can enjoy as well (after all, we both know you’re going to be reading those books about a million times before they outgrow them). As a parent to five little monsters of my own, I have read a ton of stories, and I can tell you that the really great ones don’t come along very often – but I’m happy to report that The Monsterator by Keith Graves is definitely in the running.

The Monsterator is a book about a bored little rich boy named Master Edgar Dreadbury. Edgar thinks everything about Halloween is a giant bore, and he conveys his disdain for the usual lineup of costumes quite clearly. Edgar doesn’t want to be a clown, or a pirate, or a mummy. No, Edgar wants to be something truly dreadful. Something so scary and foul that others kids will run screaming – and he gets that chance when he comes across an unusual little store that he’s never seen before.

Though the store is empty, he finds a dusty old machine called the Monsterator. Bored as he is, Edgar digs out a coin and hops inside, and I’ll bet you know what happens next. The machine turns Edgar into a dreadfully scary monster – just like he wanted. Edgar goes out and has a blast scaring all of the other kids on Halloween, but when he tries to find the store at the end of the night, it’s disappeared. If you want to know what happens next, you’ll have to read the story yourself, but suffice it to say that my kid testers were delighted with the whole book, start to finish.

Speaking of finish, the book ends with a kid friendly bang – a monster mixup that kids can play around with. Edgar is on one side if the book, and a cartoon rendition of the author is on the other. In between, there are three rows of monster faces, bodies, and legs to mix and match, making up to 625 different monsters to enjoy. The book itself is a hard cover volume made on nice thick paper, so even with all the frantic page flipping to create their monster masterpieces, there’s no worry about ripped pages. The illustrations are all top notch and colorful as well, creating just the right air of spooky but not too scary for kids to enjoy. It’s overall just a well done book, and one that’s sure to be a Halloween favorite for years to come.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)