{Monster Academy: Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple}

{Monster Academy: Jane Yolen &  Heidi E. Y. Stemple}

{Synopsis} – Come along with Principal Frank N. Stein into a bright, energetic classroom where the class pet is a big purple boa constrictor, recess is in a swamp, and class bats help build a Creepy Castle in the Monster Maker’s Lab. When Tornado Jo, a new student, roars into class, a storm is brewing. Who could ever guess that her new best friend will be a vampire, and she’ll help him find his missing fang?

Award-winning writer Jane Yolen teams up with her daughter, Heidi, to present colorful monster children who have familiar human issues such as making friends and learning to help others. In a final twist, Tornado Jo — the worst behaved student — is revealed to be an out-of-control human, not a monster after all. Oh, no! Monsters are more afraid of humans than we are of them! Everybody runs!

Laugh-aloud humor is enhanced by John McKinley’s highly imaginative illustrations loaded with fun and hidden jokes tucked into the art. An irresistible romp from start to finish!

{My thoughts} – I’d like to say its your typical classroom, but it kind of is and it isn’t. You have a Mummy for a teacher and all your peers including yourself are monster children. It’s actually a rather cute little book, that I think is ideal to be read around Halloween.

The words and the illustration match the book perfectly. I like that it has a nice little lesson within it’s pages about acceptance and understanding. I also enjoyed the overall interaction between each of the characters within the book while trying to find the missing tooth. I like that the monster children worked together in an attempt to find it and then the monster child that was least likely to find it did.

I think that any child could enjoy this book. Especially if they have huge imaginations and enjoy reading about monsters.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.


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