monster picture book, The Monstore

Monster Picture Book for Kids With Keep Out Signs

Sibling relationships, specifically big brother and little sister, are at the center of one of the funniest picture books on monsters that I’ve read in a while. As I think about siblings getting along (or not!), I only need to look to the bedroom doors of my three kids for an illustration of this dynamic in my house:

Grasshopper and Sensei, girl, age 13 … now that she’s a teen, she likes to keep her door locked.

siblings and keep out of rooms, sibling relationships


PickyKidPix, girl, age 11 … she’s really into fining people for violating her keep out rules.

siblings and keep out of rooms, sibling relationships

siblings and keep out of rooms, sibling relationships

My son, boy, age 8 … apparently, he’s the only person who doesn’t care if you enter his room.

siblings and keep out of rooms, sibling relationships


The Monstore by Tara Lazar, illustrated by James Burks

Do you need monsters to keep your little sister out of your room? If so, you need to go to the Monstore.

At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there’s a trapdoor.

Knock five times fast, hand over the bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore.

Zack’s pesky little sister Gracie ignores his keep out sign on his door. He’s hoping the addition of a monster will keep her out! The only problem is the Monstore’s return policy: No Refunds. No Exchanges. No Exceptions! Things don’t turn out as Zach expected and this twist is what makes this picture book so much fun! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

To view The Monstore more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book. 

monster picture book, The Monstore

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. This sounds hilarious! Reminds me of my situation with my younger brother!
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  2. The book sounds great. The keep out signs crack me up! I love the fine.
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  3. Deb

    This is on my to read and share for my summer program list. Thanks for sharing you review with us and those pics!!! Love them….esp your boys. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. My son would love this book. He is really into monsters later. All his clothes and movies have to be about monsters 🙂
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    • Hi Tanya,
      Isn’t so great when your child has a particular thing he’s into that drives his entire life from books to clothes? I love that! I’m glad this monster book helps. Let me think… I also liked The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell. It’s a very cute and sweet book. And, Leonardo The Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. Also sweet about friendship. Want me to make a monster picture book list for your son?
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  5. Cute! Sounds like such a fun book!
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  6. Jeanette Nyberg

    That looks fun- Fen’s door has morphed into all sorts of ways to keep us out- she hasn’t tried fining us yet, but I’ll suggest it to her 🙂
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  7. This book does sound fun! In our house, the 3yo is the most likely to try to keep the other kids out!
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  8. Great review Mia, we have been dying to get our hands on this book for Miss G almost 2 who is obsessed with monsters. Lol It is on order and sitting in a ship sailing across the ocean to us. We love the cover and have been following Author Tara Lazar’s publishing journey so as soon as it comes we will be posting our own review. I am not sure we will shape up lol. The bar has been set very high. Maybe a read aloud will do the trick. Thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheers Julie
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  9. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library. I am featuring it on iGameMom.
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