This book is clearly designed for singing, dancing, and messy crafting. It’s the best and most convivial way to experience...


With the creak of a door, a big purple monster makes its entrance and derails a perfectly good bedtime.

With big purple eyes and sharp green teeth, the monster announces to its young charges that it is the biggest monster that they’ve ever seen. But instead of gobbling them up, it turns on the radio, brings on the brightness, and proceeds to entertain the two brown children. “Everybody does the monster boogie,” after all, and the young girl mimics all of the monster’s moves while the skeptical boy taps his foot. With the spotlight on the young boy, the monster encourages both him and readers with, “So can you!” And with closed eyes and his teddy at his side, the boy begins to boogie. With amazing convenience, selected arts-and-crafts materials appear, and the children transform themselves into monsters as the big purple monster juggles all of the furniture in the room—beds, dresser, suitcase, radio, and all. Soon the room is an explosion of Day-Glo colors, filled with children and monsters jamming out. With a click of the lights and the wink of an eye, the party is over—alas, bedtime resumes. The story is written in rhythmic verse so it is impossible to read without singing…of course, you could, but what would be the fun of that?

This book is clearly designed for singing, dancing, and messy crafting. It’s the best and most convivial way to experience it. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4814-6465-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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This bunny escapes all the traps but fails to find a logical plot or an emotional connection with readers.


From the How To Catch… series

The bestselling series (How to Catch an Elf, 2016, etc.) about capturing mythical creatures continues with a story about various ways to catch the Easter Bunny as it makes its annual deliveries.

The bunny narrates its own story in rhyming text, beginning with an introduction at its office in a manufacturing facility that creates Easter eggs and candy. The rabbit then abruptly takes off on its delivery route with a tiny basket of eggs strapped to its back, immediately encountering a trap with carrots and a box propped up with a stick. The narrative focuses on how the Easter Bunny avoids increasingly complex traps set up to catch him with no explanation as to who has set the traps or why. These traps include an underground tunnel, a fluorescent dance floor with a hidden pit of carrots, a robot bunny, pirates on an island, and a cannon that shoots candy fish, as well as some sort of locked, hazardous site with radiation danger. Readers of previous books in the series will understand the premise, but others will be confused by the rabbit’s frenetic escapades. Cartoon-style illustrations have a 1960s vibe, with a slightly scary, bow-tied bunny with chartreuse eyes and a glowing palette of neon shades that shout for attention.

This bunny escapes all the traps but fails to find a logical plot or an emotional connection with readers. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4926-3817-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Review Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2017

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Not enough tricks to make this a treat.


Another holiday title (How To Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Elkerton, 2017) sticks to the popular series’ formula.

Rhyming four-line verses describe seven intrepid trick-or-treaters’ efforts to capture the witch haunting their Halloween. Rhyming roadblocks with toolbox is an acceptable stretch, but too often too many words or syllables in the lines throw off the cadence. Children familiar with earlier titles will recognize the traps set by the costume-clad kids—a pulley and box snare, a “Tunnel of Tricks.” Eventually they accept her invitation to “floss, bump, and boogie,” concluding “the dance party had hit the finale at last, / each dancing monster started to cheer! / There’s no doubt about it, we have to admit: / This witch threw the party of the year!” The kids are diverse, and their costumes are fanciful rather than scary—a unicorn, a dragon, a scarecrow, a red-haired child in a lab coat and bow tie, a wizard, and two space creatures. The monsters, goblins, ghosts, and jack-o'-lanterns, backgrounded by a turquoise and purple night sky, are sufficiently eerie. Still, there isn’t enough originality here to entice any but the most ardent fans of Halloween or the series. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Not enough tricks to make this a treat. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-72821-035-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: May 10, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2022

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