The Monster Trap

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When things go bump in the night, there's only one thing to do!

Paddy's excited to spend a few days with his grandfather. But Pop's house is a lot darker than Paddy remembers, and a lot spookier, too. When strange noises keep Paddy awake, Pop knows just what he must do -- set a monster trap and catch the culprits!

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About the Author:

Dean Morrissey has made up stories to go with his work ever since he first began to paint. Eventually he began writing and illustrating children’s books. The highly successful Ship of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, was published in 1990, followed by The Great Kettles, which won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. His other books include The Christmas Ship, The Moon Robber, The Monster Trap, and The Crimson Comet. Dean Morrissey lives on the south shore of Massachusetts with his wife and son, surrounded by many of the amazing contraptions that are found in his paintings.



Stephen Krensky is the author of over seventy books for children, including How Santa Lost His Job, an ALA Notable Book. He has previously collaborated with Dean Morrissey on The Monster Trap and The Crimson Comet. Stephen Krensky lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Joan, and their two children.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2–Paddy is visiting his grandfather, the proprietor of "Pop's Place," a junk shop. After listening to "Monster Radio Theater," the youngster is sure he hears monsters downstairs, so Pop uses bits of junk to create a monster trap, baited with Limburger cheese and fruitcake. The next morning, the trap is empty, so they build a bigger, better one. Two incarnations later, they discover why they aren't catching anything–the bug-eyed, furry invaders are simply having too much fun treating the newest trap like a jungle gym. Paddy joins them, while Pop whips up a feast. Morrissey's dark illustrations capture the 1940s feel of the story, and the whimsical monsters will catch the eyes of kids. However, the story offers little suspense or excitement, and seems mostly an excuse to show off the fanciful illustrations of creatures and the contraptions that might catch them.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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