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Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
Out of Tune by Gail Nall
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Monsters Beware!: 03/29/18

Monsters Beware!

Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (illustrations) is the conclusion of the Chronicles of Claudette graphic novel fantasy series. Mon Petite Pierre has become the host of the Warrior Games after years of being banned from the competition. They don't want anything to go wrong but of course, Claudette has found a way to participate with her brother and best friend at her side.

We learn that Mon Petite Pierre has been banned from participating because it's last team used magic when magic is strictly forbidden. Of course, it was the team that included Claudette's parents as tweens! But things should be fine since the village prevents magic from being cast (except for Gaston's gelato magic — so food magic is apparently ok).

As the competition goes, teams start disappearing. It becomes blatantly obvious to everyone that one of the teams is made up of shape changing monsters, except Claudette who is too obsessed with winning to notice. Thankfully for everyone involved, Claudette does come to her senses.

If you're paying attention during all the adventure, the ending is what it should be. That said, it's still epic and it's still satisfying. It's a good conclusion to this trilogy.

I hope Aguirre and Rosado collaborate in the future. I want to read more adventures that they dream up.

Five stars

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