Let Zach, Hannah and R.L. Stine introduce you to the monsters from the Goosebumps movie. This survival guide will give kids everything they need to know to fight the dummies, ghosts and ghoulies if they ever come to their hometown. The book includes the monsters backstory, likes and dislikes, weaknesses, fears and much more. It is everything kids need to fight a monster invasion.
In my house I am the only female so I decided that this book would appeal to the boys as the love anything with monsters. We were also planning on taking our oldest to see the movie so it was perfect timing to do a bit of background research. We decided that we would read this over a couple of bedtimes in replace of the usual bedtime story I was a bit worried that this would be a bit full on and scary for a night time read however my 6 year old coped fine with it as he loves monsters.
We loved the book as we could both talk about the different characters as I had read the series when I was younger and we have read a few as bedtime stories. I love how detailed this book is and it prompted my 6 year old to want to investigate the different characters further so together we have looked up werewolves at our local library and found out more information. I would recommend this book to any fan of the goosebumps series and at for $10 it's a great read and would make a great gift. I would stay clear of this book if your child is easily scared as some of the characters in the book are a bit spooky.
We are a Dungeons and Dragons kind of household, so we have many many monster guides and manuals that my 8 year old daughter loves to take a look through. She loves mystical beasts and monsters and so I figured that this Monster Survival guide would be her sort of thing.
Lately it's been quite hard to get her to really engage with stories. It's difficult to convince her to sit with me while I'm reading, so I have gotten use to her doing something else while I read aloud in the same room. I didn't have high hopes that she would come over and look at the book with me.
However, she was drawn to the descriptions every night that I read this to her, and quickly paused what she was doing to come and see the monsters and hear all the gory details. Now I found this book a bit more detailed and scary compared to the retelling of the movie story we recently read as well. I am easily frightened and don't deeply enjoy being scared. My daughter admitted that she was scared a few times. When I asked f she wanted me to stop though, she said "no! I like a good fright".
Her favourite monsters included the werewolf and the abominable snowman. She was glued to the information about the abominable snowman, and wanted to know more about it. So we ended up doing research outside of the book on Yetis. As I was reading this book I realised that I had seen some of the monsters on TV when I was much younger and I remembered the ones I was scared of most including the creepy fortune telling machine.
In any case, as long as your kid isn't the sensitive type (like me) they'll probably love this. At $10, it's a good read and a good reference guide for making up your own Goosebumps inspired stories too. It is also nice and slim so easy to pop into an overnight bag for camping or a trip to your grandparents.
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