29 January 2015

..::Book Review::.. The Monster on Top of the Bed & My Monster on Top of the Bed by Alan H. Jordan

My Review of The Monster on Top of the Bed & My Monster on Top of the Bed by Alan H. Jordan

Back of the Book Description:

“Once upon a time there was a little girl named Suzy, who used to jump up and down on her bed having just a great time. This scared a young critter named Karrit who lived under Suzy’s bed. But, Karrit heard Suzy do all sorts of nice things for people, and he wanted her to be his friend. Still, Suzy ate strange things like cakes made out of pans (pancakes) and the toes of toemays (tomatoes) and—he couldn’t believe it—he heard her talk about eating something truly horrendous.
One day Karrit heard Suzy tell her mother that she was lonely and needed a friend. Because of that Karrit decided to visit Suzy, and Suzy got to meet him. At first Suzy was scared of Karrit. After all, he had red, scaly legs, and a blue nose, but he seemed a little scared too. Suzy treated Karrit the way that she would want to be treated if she had gone to his house.

As they grew to know each other, Suzy found out that Karrit didn’t understand some English words. Suzy figured out what was confusing Karrit, and she was sorry to have scared him. She showed him a hotdog (she didn’t eat dogs that were hot) a tomato (she didn’t eat the toes of matoes) and a carrot (she definitely didn’t eat Karrits).

Suzy made Karrit feel that she liked him, and that she wanted him to be happy. Because of that, the two of them played. They kept getting to know each other better until one day they both realized that they didn’t have to be afraid of each other, and that it was a mistake for each of them to think the other was a
“monster.” Suzy and Karrit became best friends, and neither was afraid of monsters again."

Synopsis (My Personal Version):

This is a book about two individuals that are unsure of one another.  Each lives a separate life, completely absorbed in the frightening lifestyle of the other.  The human 'monster' and the monster 'monster' finally get to know one another and learn that they have a lot more fun playing together than being scared of one another.  This is a moralistic tale, one that is a necessity for every child to read as they grown and learn.  They, too, may fall into this situation one day!

My Thoughts:

This is such a great children's set.  There is the actual book that the author wrote, and a paperback version that your child can write.  I have a 6-year old son, and he just loved it.  It was also interesting for me, as his parent, to see how he interprets the story on his level.  What I personally recommend doing is having your child 'write' his/her story first, then read them the version that Mr. Jordan wrote.  That way it'll be completely original.  This was a very fun activity, and I learned a lot about how Charlie interprets problem-solving techniques.  It's a very creative exercise, and he actually wanted to participate.  

My son loves playing video games and action figures (you know, the boy stuff).  But it was really neat to see him open up and try something new.  Not only is the story awesome, but it makes for an excellent keepsake that you can give to your child when s/he grows older.

Here are a few of the parts of the story he created:

If you haven’t done anything like this before, you will absolutely love it.  It's great fun, and your children exercise their creative sides.  I recommend looking at the books by Alan H. Jordan here.

CLICK HERE to purchase The Monster on Top of the Bed
CLICK HERE to purchase My Monster on Top of the Bed
--both are available in Kindle and Paperback.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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