Friday, February 27, 2015

#childrenfiction # bookreview #monsters ~ The Monster that ate my Socks by A.J. Cosmo

A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that  a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn’t know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn’t do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.
They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn’t meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters.

The boys are left in a pickle. Allow the monsters to be and get grounded, or turn the monsters in knowing what will happen to them? Neither idea seems good, so they come up with a new plan!

This is a cute children's book about a monster that loves to eat socks. The story of a young boy caught in a dilemma and how him and his best friend  find a way to solve the problem. How believing and working together with compassion two friends find a winning solution for all. I really liked how the two boys used compassion and caring to find a solution to the Monster's  eating their socks.

The illustrations in the book are very good. They seem to bring the monster to life. Deep rich colors and details make the pictures so much fun.

I like the Lesson Plan in the back of the book.  Every story I read to the kids I like to make it a learning experience - the lesson plan helped me do that.  I really liked the before and the after reading questions - new words -  and word work. All of these are perfect ways to make reading  The Monster that Ate My Socks not only fun but also a learning experience

Davey's review:
He was so surprised that their was a Monster that liked to eat dirty stinky socks. 
He was surprised that Monster's had families just like his.
He loved the fact that the Monster loved to teat homework with bad grades!  That made him laugh and want to take the book to school! His teacher read the book to his class and it was a huge success.
We are looking forward to reading The Monster That Ate My Socks 2 - a must read!

Interview with A.J.Cosmo:

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Usually something interesting or funny in life will start a chain of ideas that will result in a "what if?" I then write those down in a huge text document on my phone and pull them up whenever I want to work on something new. Usually the good ones have stuck around in my head and I'll take whatever nugget I wrote down and develop the story from there. I believe that most of the work of writing involves the development that happens between the idea and the first draft. Ideas imply their own narrative and selecting the right one makes the whole "unpacking" process of writing easier.

How long have you been writing?
As far back as I can remember. I took every English class I could and even had handmade books placed in my school libraries. I wrote my first novel at sixteen, which will probably never see the light of day, and continued to write screenplays, novellas, and overwrought emails right up until today. Professionally speaking though, I've only been "selling" my work for three years (2012.)

Where do you write? 
I usually write at home for three to five hours before or after going to the gym, depending on how easily I wake up (it takes a large amount of coffee.) I'm not much of a public writer, as I'm easily distracted by what's around me.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? How far back? 
Could I visit dinosaurs and then immediately want to come home? Time travel is such an interesting power that I don’t think there is a wrong answer. I would probably just want to go back and forth "scrubbing" time like a turntable watching things ebb and flow. No matter though, this world right now is ridiculously interesting and a single person couldn’t observe even a fraction of it in our lifetime.

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be? 
I don’t know if I want readers to remember me as much as I want them to remember my characters and their stories. I hope that readers care for these characters, choose favorites, and incorporate them into their own imagination. As for me, I hope to be remembered as someone who encouraged the positive things in life or, at the very least, made people laugh.

Author's Bio:
A.J. Cosmo's stories are crafted to help parents teach their children simple everyday lessons in an easy to understand manner. By artfully marrying beautiful illustrations and language, children are challenged to explore his magical worlds. Written for the transitional reader, A.J.'s stories allow your child to develop and master a new level of reading.

Connect with A.J.:  
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Where to buy the book:

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Thank you iReads Book Tours for the opportunity to review The Monster that Ate My Socks

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review and interview!