Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Monsters


This week’s books are all about monsters, which is also the subject of the Monster Dreams Puppet Show presented by Rowbes Puppet Productions and performed at the Kirkland Library on July 19th at 11am. Not all the monsters in these books are big and scary, one is lovable and furry and another is just plain hungry. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.



The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepian & Ann Seidler, Illustrated by Richard Martin

Scholastic, 978-0439275989


The hungry thing sits in the middle of town with a sign around its neck proclaiming “Feed Me” while the nervous townspeople ask it what it wants to eat. “Shmancakes!” The town wiseman proclaims shmancakes to be a “small chicken that falls with the rain.” Naturally, it’s up to a little boy to set all the silly adults straight, “Shmacakes… sound like Fancakes… sound like Pancakes!”




If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca & Ed Emberly

Orchard Books, 978-0545218290


Are you a monster? Well then, sing it loud and proud! Smack your claws and wiggle your warts along with the outrageously neon colored monsters in this rollicking version of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. By the end of the book you’ll find yourself snorting and growling with the best of them. Ed Emberley teams up with his daughter Rebecca to create a book full of slightly scary, but mostly silly, dancing monsters.




The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, Illustrated by Michael Smollin.

Golden Books, 978-0375829130


There is a monster at the end of this book. But don’t worry, lovable and furry old Grover will protect you. He’ll make sure you don’t turn the page because he’s very scared of monsters. Except you just turned the page! How will Grover keep you from getting to the end of the book? And who will realize Grover IS the monster at the end of the book first? The kids you read this to or Grover? (My money’s on the kids, Grover is a little too over-wrought to notice).