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Amelia Peabody's Egypt by Elizabeth Peters
Angelina on Stage by Katharine Holabird
Arthur and the Invisibles by Luc Besson
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Machinery: The Case of the Team Spirit by John Allison
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street by Ann Redisch Stampler
Daisy's Defining Day by Sandra V. Feder
The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters
Don't Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins
Emile by Tomi Ungerer
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson
Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research by Thomas Siddell
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
Let's Meet a Librarian by Gina Bellisario
The Monstore by Tara Lazar
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa by Shonto Begay
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
Ruth Fielding in the Saddle by Alice B. Emerson
The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman
Tough Cookie by Diane Mott Davidson
The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis
Yoga For Cats by Traudl Reiner

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




The Monstore: 07/17/13

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The Monstore by Tara Lazar and illustrated by James Burks (of Bird and Squirrel on the Run is a delightful debut picture book. Zack has a pesky younger sister whom he wants to get out of his hair. He decides the best way to do this is to buy a pet monster from the monstore.

The monstore though, doesn't accept refunds. The first monster Zack purchases takes a liking to the pesky sister. Rather than see that his sister might not be frightened by monsters, he tries with another monster.

You can see where this is going. And so could my daughter, who happens to be (at least from my son's point of view) a monster loving pesky younger sister. There just couldn't be a better fit for my daughter and that shows with how many times she's re-read the book in the month she's own the book.

James Burks's illustrations are a great match to story. They are colorful and creative with each monster being unique and memorable — even the ones who don't play major roles in the book.

Five stars

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