Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Halloween Greetings from A Monster Ate My Book Report.
     I have chosen to give away an autographed copy of  Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm for one of our scary giveaway books because it is one of my favorites (Check out my review below).  It is full of freaky fun.
     To add some spookitude to our scare-iffic giveaway, we are also offering an autographed copy of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Found.
     If you would like a chance to win one of these books, just become a public follower of this blog and leave a comment letting us know about your favorite scary story.  Make sure to leave your email address so we can let you know if you won.   We will be announcing winners on the Day of the Dead, November 1st.  
     There are over 400 blogs participating in this giveaway.  That gives you so many chances to win.  Click on the I Am A Reader Not A Writer link below for links to the other blogs.
      Good Luck!

Emiline's Spooktacular Pick:

Marsh's Spooktacular Pick:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Emiline Reviews A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

     I was flabbergasted when I found out there was a perfect book for me.  It is A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.  A Tale Dark and Grimm is spectacular AND scary.  If you are ready for a spine-tingling adventure you need to read this book.

     This book starts with the story of Faithful Johannes.  Faithful Johannes has been serving king after king.  Soon, the throne was passed down to Hansel and Gretel's dad.  (What?  You didn't know Hansel and Gretel were royalty? Gasp!)  Well, in a secret room there is a picture of the Gold Princess.  The King thought she was beautiful, but what he didn't know was that she was sad because all of her husbands had died.  The king didn't care about her past because he loved her so much.  So, he got some gold and bribed her until she said she would marry him.  When the King and the Gold Princess were talking, faithful Johannes was listening to three ravens; they were talking about the Gold Princess' fate and what to do. The ravens said that the Gold Princess would die on her wedding night unless somebody sucked three drops of blood from her lip. All the things they said were true.  Well, when the new Queen almost died Johannes knew what to do.  He sucked three droplets of blood from her lip.  The King did not like that so he killed faithful Johannes. Johannes did not die though, he just turned to stone.  The King and Queen almost forgot about how good Johannes had been to them.

     One day the King was talking to Johannes' statue.  He said there was a way to bring him back to life, but he would have to cut off  the heads of his children, Hansel and Gretel.  The King didn't want to, but he did.  Somehow Hansel and Gretel's heads were put back on and they ran into the forest and away from their parents.  In the forest Hansel and Gretel find a candy house.  What will happen to them next?What is their next adventure?  Find out in A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.

     I think A Tale Dark and Grimm is one of the best books I've read.  I liked that it was based on a Grimm fairytale and that it was creepy!  My favorite character in this book was Gretel because she was always willing to do dangerous things.  When I got this book I knew I was going to love it because it looked scary and fun.  I also love the cover art.  If you don't like scary things this isn't the best book for you, but if you do like scary things then you will love this book!  (And if Adam Gidwitz is reading this-- good job on writing good literature and a great grim fairytale!)

I give this book 5 monsters plus 8 bonus monsters!!

I found this book at The Decatur Book Festival.  My friends at Little Shop of Stories recommended it. You can find A Tale Dark and Grimm at your school or local library, or at your favorite bookstore.

To find out more about this book and its author click this link-

And check out my FAVORITE Book Trailer-

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Interview With Tom Angleberger

     Hey, Larry!  

     Remember our breathtaking The Strange Case of Origami Yoda report and Darth Paper Strikes Back report?  Well, guess what?  This time, Marsh actually gets to interview the author, Tom Angleberger.  So get ready for some fun.

A Monster Ate My Book Report would like to thank Mr. Angleberger for taking the time to let us interview him!

If you still haven't read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back check your school or public library, or your favorite bookstore.

To find out more about the AWESOME Tom Angleberger please visit his website

Friday, October 14, 2011

Marsh Reviews Michael Carroll's SUPER HUMAN

     A group of people called the Heltroy are trying to bring back the Fifth King.  The Fifth King is the first superhuman.  The Heltroy wants him to rule the world again.  To sicken all the adult superheroes and anyone else who might interfere with their plans, the Heltroy create a virus.  The virus makes everyone over the age of 19 very sick and they become immobile.  It is up to Roz, Thunder, Abby, and Lance to stop that from happening.  Three superhumans and one plain person all under the age of twenty against the Heltroy.  Can they save the world?  Find out in Super Human by Michael Carroll.

     Super Human was a spectacular book!  This book has lots of action and adventure.  I liked the characters.  I liked how brave and powerful they were.  I love to read books about people with powers.  This was one of the best superhero books I have read.  I am very excited to read the next book in the New Heroes/ Quantum Prophecy series by Michael Carroll.

I give Super Human 5 monsters out of 5!

You can find out more about this series and the author here-

You check out this book at your school or local library or buy it at your favorite Indie Bookstore or other bookstores.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marsh and Emiline are On the Same Page

     We are so excited to be participating in On the Same Page!

     At the Decatur Book Festival it was announced that The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster would be the selected book for On the Same Page for the city of Decatur.  Both of us are reading the book and so are our parents. To find out more about On the Same Page click on the link above.  On The Same Page is a citywide reading  program.  This is a great idea!!  See if your city has this, if not, read along with us or get your city On the Same Page.

Emiline's Review of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

     First let me say a big Thank You to On the Same Page for introducing me to this wonderful book, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  Let's get to my summary and review!

     One day ten year old Milo was walking home.  When he got there, in his room was a quite large package.  Inside the package was a tollbooth with a note and a map taped to it.  On the map there was a place called Dictionopolis.  It sounded good to Milo, so he set off, ready to go.  He went into the windy weather and got into his little car.  Milo didn't know exactly how to get there, so he held onto the map with one hand and with the other hand he held onto the wheel.  He drove all night and he finally got to Dictionopolis.

     When Milo was wandering around Dictionopolis he ran into a person named Humbug.  Humbug was selling words.  Milo tripped and dumped out all of Humbug's words.  Everyone was upset and then a police man commented on how clumsy Milo was, and because of that Milo went to jail!.  When Milo was let out of jail he had to see the King of Dictionopolis.  When Milo got to the palace the King told Milo to find the two princesses, Rhyme and Reason.  Can Milo find them?  Find out in The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

     I thought that The Phantom Tollbooth was a great book.  Even though it is very old I still loved it. I also really enjoyed the illustrations because they made the book fun.  It is a great book for your family to read together.  So, get On the Same Page and read The Phantom Tollbooth!

Overall I give The Phantom Tollbooth 5 MONSTERS!

Banned Books Week Giveaway Winners Announced!

Ahoy! We be announcin' the winners of the Banned Book Week Booty today!
Argh- ye need be checkin' yer email if you are a booty winner.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
and a Mockingjay Pin

Prize Two Winner:  LEXI
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
and a Hunger Games Journal

Prize Three Winner: LAURIE
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey,
Goosebumps Horrorland: Revenge of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine,
and a collectible Hogwarts Bookmark

Congratulations to our Hop Winners!
If you didn't win this time, keep checking out our blog for new giveaways.