Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production

Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Review - Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production

Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production

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About the Book
Beware what lurks beneath your bed... It could lead to a monstrous adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is miserable when her parents force her to move from New York City (the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress) to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s nothing to do there, except play her little sister Haylie’s favorite new game, Monsterville, and hang out with her new neighbor Adam.

But when a walk in the woods lands her face-to-face with a swamp monster hungry for brains and then a Sasquatch that moos, even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring. With Adam’s help, she catches the culprit behind the drama: a shape-shifting goblin who’s fled from the monster world of Down Below.

And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? Make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break.

But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and the monster must venture Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.

Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship, family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.

My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that offers a little bit of everything for all ages to enjoy. My family are mystery fans so this book fit great into our to read list and although my girls may not usually like the supernatural (with monsters and such) this one was different and the mix of humor, mystery and adventure was a definitely draw and a sell for my girls. The author has also created some great relationships between the characters which made the read even more enjoyable! By the end of the book my daughters were wondering if there was a book 2 which is always a sign of good writing in my household! In the end the book was a fast paced read that was thoroughly enjoyable for kids or the whole family to read together.

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