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The Monsters of Marymount Mansion Blog Tour: Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

Halloween is only days away. Are you and your little ones excited? Do you know that Halloween is the favorite holiday of young monsters too? And for reasons that may surprise you! Get the insider scoop from award-winning author Gregory G. Allen's new book The Monsters of Marymount Mansion. Enter to win a fabulous prize pack including signed copies of the author's books and a $50 Amazon gift card!

My Review:

Short and sweet with nothing spooky, The Monsters of Marymount Mansion is a captivating and thought-provoking illustrated chapter book about courage, diversity and acceptance. The 150-year-old Marymount Mansion has a secret: its owner has been hosting a bunch of monsters in the basement. Eight-year-old Toby is one of them. Not a fan of confined space though, he takes every opportunity to sneak out and explore the outside world. All goes well until he gets cornered by a threatening teenager expressing disgust for the way he looks. Will Toby conquer his fear and continue his adventure?

With simple language and smooth storytelling, the author makes this novel highly accessible to children who are transitioning from picture books to chapter books. As they follow Toby's exciting escapades, young readers learn to see things from a fresh perspective, to empathize with the loveable characters, and to celebrate the differences that make our world more colorful and interesting. They may come to the realization that monsters, other than their appearances, share a lot in common with humans, such as family traditions, sibling relations, and holiday celebrations. The funny and animated illustrations help reinforce such messages while making the monster figures all the more adorable.

Everyone is unique in some way, so it's easy for readers to identify with Toby and understand his fear of being picked on and ill-treated. Assuring us that it's okay to be different, Toby's story also inspires us to challenge the status quo, to step outside our comfort zone and to try something new. On the other hand, it reminds us to be kind and more open-minded to those who don't or are not willing to "blend in." Bullies, as Toby's experience suggests, are far scarier than monsters.

Entertaining and uplifting, the book makes the perfect holiday season read that little ones wouldn't want to put down!

About the Book:

Ages 7+ | 128 Pages
Publisher: ASD Publishing | ISBN-13: 9780996102940

Meet Toby: a young monster who has skin like a fish, fur like a dog, and smells like cotton candy when he gets excited. He lives with his family in the basement of Marymount Mansion and once a year ventures out into the real world when everyone is dressed for Halloween. Toby becomes frustrated with hiding below ground and sets off on an all-important quest.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Bookshop | Barnes and Noble

About the Author:

Gregory G. Allen is an award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker, and actor. His children’s books include Chicken Boy: The Adventures of a Superhero with Autism, Chicken Boy Deals with Doctors & Dentists, and Irving the Theater Nut! He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild. The idea for his monster book goes back to the first musical he ever wrote, which was produced for the stage when he was 15, with the message that it’s okay to be different.

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About the Illustrator:

Shelby Goodwin is an illustrator, letterer, graphic designer, and all-around creative living in Hoboken, NJ. She is extremely passionate about children’s media and the power of art to romanticize the everyday. When she is not making things, she can be found with her spouse and three cats exploring new places, eating pastries, or cuddling up in her favorite reading chair.

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One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a The Monsters of Marymount Mansion prize pack!

It includes:

  • A signed paperback copy of The Monsters of Marymount Mansion
  • A signed paperback copy of Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Superhero with Autism
  • A signed paperback copy of Chicken Boy: A Superhero Deals with Doctors and Dentists
  • A signed paperback copy of Irving the Theater Nut
  • A $50 Amazon Gift Card

Four additional winners will each receive a signed paperback copy of The Monsters of Marymount Mansion!

Giveaway ends 10/31. Open to US only. Please enter below. Good luck!

The Monsters of Marymount Mansion: Book Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gregory G. Allen. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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