Since so many of us are staying home and cancelling trips because of this current pandemic, this new picture book written by Lori Degman and illustrated by Dave Szalay is a great way to get away, without actually getting away.
In this new rhyming travel guide, readers get the chance to travel all the way across the United States, from San Francisco to Niagara Falls, visiting some of the country’s most exciting landmarks and hot spots. However, there’s one caveat…you’re traveling with a monster.
These monsters aren’t the most well-behaved companions, so this guide tells kids what reminders they may have to give those monsters so things don’t go awry, like “Make sure to warn your monster that those geysers are not fountains”.
My kiddos and I enjoyed the easy flow of the book thanks to the rhyming, loved the colorful illustrations, and we giggled at the different high jinks the monsters got into. Since my kids are a little older, after I finished reading it to them, we looked at the map at the end and talked about what places the characters had been to that we had also visited as a family. Then from those places that are left, we discussed which places we wanted to go to (which was basically every place that we hadn’t been to). It was a nice discussion to end our bedtime read.
We all need some escaping right now, and Lori Degman’s Travel Guide for Monsters gave us a nice opportunity to imagine traveling to different parts of the country, even if it is with a giant monster.
Thanks to the author and Sleeping Bear Press, I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. It will be available April 2020 and can be purchased wherever books are sold.