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*Monster School: The Spooky Sleepover (I Can Read Book 2)* by Dave Keane - beginning readers book review  
Monster School: The Spooky Sleepover (I Can Read Book 2)
by Dave Keane
Grades PreK-3 32 pages Harpercollins June 2014 Paperback    

Norm is thrilled that his class has won a prize, but he is not so thrilled that the prize is a sleepover in the Monster School library. Sleeping somewhere other than in your own bed is scary enough without the added uneasiness of sleeping with so many odd-looking creatures. The book takes readers through the evening, detailing what the different monsters look like as well as their diverse evening rituals.

The book is well-written and the illustrations are just as amusing as the story itself. My one criticism is that because the book is part of the second level of the I Can Read! series, and because it is intended for readers who continue to need a bit of help, I thought that the story was a bit more confusing that it needed to be. In addition, some of the references to such things as salamanders were a bit advanced for the younger readers with whom I shared the book, being beyond both their reading skills and their limited vocabulary.

Notwithstanding these small challenges, the story does paint a silly picture. In addition, because most early readers will likely relate to the fears Norm faces and overcomes, they will likely embrace Monster School: The Spooky Sleepover, and come back to read it over and over as their reading skills are sharpened.
 
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