What to wear for trick-or-treating? The perennial dilemma stumps Monster, who takes costume suggestions from a helpful boy, who narrates this rhyming tale. Czajak tells the story in rollicking verse that propels readers through a trial-and-error process. …Kids will grin at the huge 20-gallon hat, the exhausting dance moves and Monster’s complete incompetence at stealth. …Given the jaunty flow of the story and the humorous details on every page, put this at the top of the list for unscary options come October.
- Kirkus Reviews
First-timers Czajak and Grieb pair up for a gently funny story about a boy and his furry blue monster …Czajak’s rhymes give the story energy and humor, as do Grieb’s digital caricatures, which emphasize the comedy of Monster’s cowboy ambitions and attempts to be a stealthy ninja—not easy when “he’s nearly nine feet tall.” Outside-the-box thinkers should enjoy the lighthearted ending, as Monster proves that sometimes one costume isn’t enough.
- Publishers Weekly
The rhymes, quite obviously, are bouncy and irreverent, and just as much heck is raised by Grieb’s cartoony illustrations of the enormous, blue, horned beast with the happy underbite as he cavorts around the home before dropping from exhaustion.
The bouncy rhymes and childlike enthusiasm of the monster in this story—plus his silly ultimate costume decision—are sure to get young kids giggling.
- Brian Lies, author of Bats at the Ball Game