I saw this nice thick child’s storybook and couldn’t wait to check it out. It’s full of fun stuff to do like feel fur (is it a monster?), and feel a toe (then, is this a monster?) and lots of other stuff as Sam looks for a monster he knows is around and his friends keep telling him there are no monsters. However, the end of the story is not only a big pop-up character but it’s a surprise! This would be a delightful story for any preschooler and the pages are thick making it easy for them to turn the pages. However, the pockets that cover the things to feel may need a bit more gentle handling as to not rip them. Given the surprise ending though, this may not be a perfect bedtime story, unless your child likes monsters.
Sam and his friends are going to camp in the backyard but Sam is sure there is a monster. He grabs a flashlight from the garage and goes looking. He finds lots of stuff in his searches while his friends keep telling him that there are no monsters. Will Sam find the monster he is looking for, or are his friends right?
Sam and his friends are camping overnight, and even though their tents are pitched no farther from home than Sam's backyard, it's still an adventure. But night has fallen and Sam is feeling nervous. Is a monster lurking somewhere in the dark shadows? Sam begins searching, and kids who open this book can search with him. Adopting the touch-and-feel format on every page, this book features large color illustrations with a cardboard pocket on each picture. Kids are invited to reach into each pocket to help Sam seek out the monster. First, Sam tiptoes into the dark garage as the other kids look on. He reaches beneath an old blanket, where somebody--or something--might be hiding, and he touches something moist. Is it the monster's drool? A pocket into a tent's opening lets Sam--and young readers--touch something furry. The monster's body? When Sam and his readers reach down into a dry well, they touch something with spiky points. The monster's tail? At last, reaching beneath a canvas tarpaulin that covers an old row boat, Sam and his readers touch the monster himself! A big pop-up head springs out from the book's final two-page spread. All the other kids flee, but Sam is no longer frightened. This monster is smiling and friendly.