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Author: Baruzzi, Agnese
Publisher: White Star Kids
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9788854409538
Grades: Grade 1, Kindergarten

Dining with…Monsters!

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A disgusting way to count to 10!
Young readers are invited to lift the book’s large book flaps and find out what monsters (really) eat! This math concept book,  filled with beasts, goblins, ghostly haunters and back-as-coal monsters is geared towards fun-loving readers who are not put off by a few monsters and their disgusting eating habits.
The large text, oversized brightly coloured creatures and rhyming text make for a rollicking look at what monsters eat, versus children.  This counting book from one to ten, which is read top to bottom, rather than left to right, adds to the fun.  An app is included in the price of the book (iStorie).  The app retells the story in an interactive format, with monster sound effects. The app includes a counting game as well as  monster memory games and jigsaw puzzles with three levels of difficulty.  The most attractive feature is the ability for readers to select body features of a monster and take a photo of themselves. This book is a good companion to any Monster themed stories, such as Where the Wild Things Are.
Recommended for Alberta’s Kindergarten and Grade 1 Math: Number Concepts. Young children may enjoy creating their own monsters and writing a collaborative rhyming/counting book together as a class project.

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