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Monsters on the Loose!: A Seek and Solve Mystery!
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Monsters on the Loose!: A Seek and Solve Mystery!

by Bruce Hale, Dave Garbot
 

Seek-and-solve mystery Monsters on the Loose by Bruce Hale delivers hours of Halloween holiday fun for kids.
Halloween is about to be canceled in spooky Hallow Hills. A ghastly ghoul has stolen all the Halloween candy so there is nothing to give trick-or-treaters.

Children will have to use their look-and-find skills and the process of elimination to

Overview

Seek-and-solve mystery Monsters on the Loose by Bruce Hale delivers hours of Halloween holiday fun for kids.
Halloween is about to be canceled in spooky Hallow Hills. A ghastly ghoul has stolen all the Halloween candy so there is nothing to give trick-or-treaters.

Children will have to use their look-and-find skills and the process of elimination to discover the thief before midnight and save Halloween. The colorful cartoon illustrations are crammed with detail, making the search an entertaining challenge. A page of bonus searches encourages multiple readings.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hale and Garbot follow Santa on the Loose! and Easter Bunny on the Loose! with another search-and-find holiday outing. This time, several monsters have lost their Halloween candy, and it’s up to Frankenstein’s monster to solve the mystery. Garbot packs his brightly colored pages with ghosts, pumpkins, aliens, bats, and other beasties as Hale guides readers to locate “Frankie” on each spread and find out what clues he has uncovered. Even after the mystery is solved, readers are invited to take another look through the pages to find additional objects. On a rainy Halloween night, this one will keep kids busy. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (July)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Have you heard? Halloween is on the verge of being cancelled! Someone has taken all the Halloween candy. Tons of trick-or-treaters and no treats to give. Oh my! Frankenstein's Monster is hot on the case and readers must use their look and find skills to help him catch the candy thief. Six suspects are identified in the opening spread: Vampire Bob, Willy the Werewolf, Rowan the Witch, Joey Bones, Igor, and a mummy named Nefertiti. Fourteen double-page glossy spreads, with vibrant colors and very busy activity, contain clues and sightings for the reader to help wrap up the case. Two to three sentences on each spread help keep the hunt going with information and more clues as Halloween eve is fast approaching. While some readers may find the story exciting and challenging, others will find it much too busy and unable to focus on being a detective or even to comprehend. The oversized pages are crammed with cartoon settings. To assist readers, the concluding double-page spread separates and illustrates the evidence as both a review and a repeat to find the culprit. For those readers looking to continue their seek and solve strategy, a bonus search of ten items is included. This title is done well, recognizing that some readers will need more and different types of clues while others will want to be challenged further. Happy Boo-Day! Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
Kirkus Reviews
A thief has stolen all the candy, and Frankenstein's monster must solve the case in order to save Halloween. In the manner of their previous Seek and Solve Mystery (Santa on the Loose, 2012), Hale and Garbot invite readers to help them figure out who is guilty of grabbing the treats. The opening spread shows portraits of the suspects with their possessions, including Vampire Bob, Joey Bones, Igor, Willy the Werewolf, Rowan the Witch and mummy Nefertiti. Readers must then try to spot Frankie in crowded cartoon settings, such as the cemetery, a haunted house, the pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Frankie's pea green complexion matches those of witches, ghouls and various plants, making the search for him a bit of a challenge. When found, Frankie has a clue in his hand. As the objects accumulate, savvy readers will deduce who is the culprit. For younger searchers, all the items are presented on a concluding spread to help them guess who has made off with the sweets. Garbot packs the pages with silly details that many children will enjoy poring over. For those seeking a further challenge, a "Bonus Search" encourages another flip through the book. Ultimately, this average effort fails to engage and challenge like the I Spy series, but it does offer a holiday-themed activity to do when all of the candy is eaten and the costumes are put away. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062237064
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/23/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Hale has written and/or illustrated over thirty-five books for kids, and is the author of Clark the Shark; Clark the Shark Dares to Share; the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries series; Snoring Beauty, one of Oprah’s Recommended Reads for Kids; and the School for S.P.I.E.S. series. In his free time, Bruce enjoys hiking, watching movies, and making music. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, dog, and many hats. You can catch him online at www.brucehale.com.

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