LITERATURE
Coombs, Kate

Monster School

(4) K-3 Illustrated by Lee Gatlin. Humorous poems--some free verse but mostly rhymed (with meter not entirely well executed)--put spooky twists on typical school-poetry topics (the cafeteria food includes "french-fried brain"; homework involves writing an epitaph). The spreads leading up to the title page, which welcome readers to Monster School, are a highlight. Color-saturated mixed-media illustrations reward careful viewers with amusing details.

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