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Marvin Monster's Big Date
by Tabatha Jean D'Agata
ages 4-8 32 pages Moo Press June 2004 Paperback    

Oh, be still my fluttering heart! For I am madly in love with the adorable Marvin Monster, if you can ever describe a monster as being adorable! Marvin Monsterís Big Date introduces early chapter book readers to a cuddly creepy crawly named Marvin who looks like heís half-boy, half-werewolf, but all charm. Illustrated by Bonnie Everett-Hawkes, this chapter book is sure to be a hit with the ages 6-9 early reader crowd, with its collection of kooky characters and funny situations.

In fact, you will feel as though youíve entered a parallel universe, where the yucky is yummy and the icky is cool, for in the monster world, everything that we know as normal gets turned on its head. The result is a book series sure to hold the interest of many a child as they watch Marvin get ready for a date to walk that special girl home from school, only to learn that his act of thoughtlessness toward others has backfired on him.

Though the bookís intention is really to help youngsters read and to do so with plenty of fun involved, itís nice to see a life lesson such as the importance of keeping your word included in the storyline. And the fact that monsters and goofy creatures are imparting that lesson makes it much less preachy for kids who donít want a lecture, just a good time reading.

Marvin Monsterís their manÖand mine, too. He really is a cutie-pie, toad-warts and all!
 
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