Toddlers and Monsters 

it may seem a strange combo, but it’s not. Scooby Doo has been popular for generations of young children, and let’s not forget the little, red monster with the high-pitched voice that likes to color or his big, blue friend with the cookies. Fear in an integral part of growing up. Children crave fear. They desire the willies running up their backs, just as long as the fear doesn’t push them too far. Most children that are afraid of the dark can be found flicking the lights off and on, testing their bravado. 

My new book joins the ranks of the many great children’s horror literature already available. While it is a far cry from the gruesomeness of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Goosebumps it broadens the fear of books like There’s a Monster at the End of this Book and Lemony Snicket’s The Dark. 

It contains six stories, each with a different monster and a different moral. The title story The Vegetarian Werewolf is a tale about preconceived ideas about people. The Gargoyle at Grandmas is a story about how fear itself can defeat you. The Ghost of the Grapefruit is a jaunt into the fear of different things. The Dirt Monsters is a tale of the consequences of clutter. Outerspace Elephants is a story about compassion. And the Blob that Ate My Halloween Candy is about gluttony. 

I believe that together these stories will take a place in the hearts and minds of children that crave that unknown tinge but also enjoy a good laugh. 

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