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In this spellbinding, lavishly illustrated story that Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney calls "wildly imaginative and totally terrifying," two unlikely friends face down their worst fears in order to stop their small town - and themselves - from disappearing. Levi and Kat are about to discover a very dark side to their neighborhood. Nothing ever seems out of place in  In this spellbinding, lavishly illustrated story that Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney calls "wildly imaginative and totally terrifying," two unlikely friends face down their worst fears in order to stop their small town - and themselves - from disappearing. Levi and Kat are about to discover a very dark side to their neighborhood. Nothing ever seems out of place in the safe, suburban town of Cowslip Grove. Lawns are neatly mowed, sidewalks are tidy, and the sounds of ice cream trucks fill the air. But now.... kids have been going missing - except no one even realizes it, because no one remembers them. Not their friends. Not their teachers. Not even their families. But Levi and Kat do remember, and suddenly only they can see why everyone is in terrible danger when the night air rolls in. Now it is up to Levi and Kat to fight it and save the missing kids before it swallows the town whole.  


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In this spellbinding, lavishly illustrated story that Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney calls "wildly imaginative and totally terrifying," two unlikely friends face down their worst fears in order to stop their small town - and themselves - from disappearing. Levi and Kat are about to discover a very dark side to their neighborhood. Nothing ever seems out of place in  In this spellbinding, lavishly illustrated story that Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney calls "wildly imaginative and totally terrifying," two unlikely friends face down their worst fears in order to stop their small town - and themselves - from disappearing. Levi and Kat are about to discover a very dark side to their neighborhood. Nothing ever seems out of place in the safe, suburban town of Cowslip Grove. Lawns are neatly mowed, sidewalks are tidy, and the sounds of ice cream trucks fill the air. But now.... kids have been going missing - except no one even realizes it, because no one remembers them. Not their friends. Not their teachers. Not even their families. But Levi and Kat do remember, and suddenly only they can see why everyone is in terrible danger when the night air rolls in. Now it is up to Levi and Kat to fight it and save the missing kids before it swallows the town whole.  

30 review for No Place for Monsters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah B

    It's been a long time since I have read a fun book like this and the change of pace was really good. And since it's Christmas, I must say that parts of the plot definitely reminds me of that old Christmas movie "March of the Wooden Soldiers" or "Toyland". You know, that old musical with all of the story book characters and those two famous comedians? Well in that movie people were getting kidnapped by the boogeymen...and in here children are also disappearing, taken by freakish creatures. The on It's been a long time since I have read a fun book like this and the change of pace was really good. And since it's Christmas, I must say that parts of the plot definitely reminds me of that old Christmas movie "March of the Wooden Soldiers" or "Toyland". You know, that old musical with all of the story book characters and those two famous comedians? Well in that movie people were getting kidnapped by the boogeymen...and in here children are also disappearing, taken by freakish creatures. The only major difference is that in this book no one actually remembers the children had ever even existed! And to have your own parents forget you .. that's scary! But just like that old movie, this is a fun book with lots of zany situations. The plot moves along at a breakneck speed and lots happens. Lots of crazy stuff, too. And there's all sorts of weird characters! Those characters makes the story even more fun if you ask me. I just absolutely love the artwork in here! The art truly is the thing that brings this story to life. Especially the expressions on the faces of the characters. That's so priceless!! It's just like a super fat comic book! Boy, I would have loved to read something like this when I was a kid! Unfortunately back then comic books weren't nowhere near this fat. Well, this really isn't a comic book but I'm unsure of the proper term? Whatever it is, it's just absolutely fabulous! And the plot has all sorts of the exciting stuff that kids (and adults) love: danger, sneaking into places they shouldn't go, weird creatures, suspicious characters, an evil plot, making new friends and bravery. There's even a nice message in here about the dangers of chemicals like weed killer. Another thing I really liked in here is how much Levi cared for his younger sister. He was willing to do anything to get her back. But better yet is the fact the siblings were not fighting in here; as in way too many books I read the siblings are always fighting and I get tired of that. And Kat is such a lively girl with a huge imagination. Without her I doubt if Levi would have gotten anywhere. She was the push that kept him moving and searching for answers. One character I must mention is Willow. Because Levi had a kind heart Willow was also kind in turn. I do feel sorry for the poor creature. She's so bony. Willow is a chupacabra and a major character to the plot Great whimsical adventure story!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wow! What a creepy good time!! I absolutely loved this! I devoured this book! Lol There are illustrations on every single page. Some pages have a lot of text, other don’t. Reminded me almost of the layout of a Brian Selznick book. The story & the illustrations were so creepy at times! It was amazing, & definitely a perfect read for this time of year. Kids are going missing. When they do, nobody remembers them once they’re gone. Except for Levi & Kat. So it’s up to them to solve the mystery & sav Wow! What a creepy good time!! I absolutely loved this! I devoured this book! Lol There are illustrations on every single page. Some pages have a lot of text, other don’t. Reminded me almost of the layout of a Brian Selznick book. The story & the illustrations were so creepy at times! It was amazing, & definitely a perfect read for this time of year. Kids are going missing. When they do, nobody remembers them once they’re gone. Except for Levi & Kat. So it’s up to them to solve the mystery & save the kids. Kat was A LOT to handle lol but I felt so bad for her. Her & Levi were great characters to read from. I loved seeing how their friendship developed over time. Willow was my absolute favorite though! I LOVE her!! Such a creepy, amazing book! And so beautiful to look at!!😍😍 highly recommend!!💜💜

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Worst. Book. Ever. The lengthy spoiler at the end of this review explains why this is a contender for worst book ever, but let's start with the basics. (Also note that the publisher has tacked on two chapters at the end of the book since I wrote this review, apparently in an attempt to save the ridiculously dark ending. Too little, too late.) This book is marketed as a monster hunt/quest sort of middle grade adventure. Jeff Kinney, who should read books before he blurbs them, describes it as "wild Worst. Book. Ever. The lengthy spoiler at the end of this review explains why this is a contender for worst book ever, but let's start with the basics. (Also note that the publisher has tacked on two chapters at the end of the book since I wrote this review, apparently in an attempt to save the ridiculously dark ending. Too little, too late.) This book is marketed as a monster hunt/quest sort of middle grade adventure. Jeff Kinney, who should read books before he blurbs them, describes it as "wildly imaginative and totally terrifying". Fair enough. The frame of the story is familiar, which isn't a bad thing by itself. Two misfit kids have to track down a terrifying monster that has abducted the one kid's cute as a button little sister. Let the fun begin. But there is no fun. First, the two kid heroes. Levi, brother of the abductee, is a mopey sadsack. For the entire book. Sure, his Dad abandoned the family. But for no apparent reason he has no friends, no interests, and no personality. He is timid, immature, and submissive. Enter kid two, Kat. Kat is angry, selfish, bossy, rude, and disruptive. She's just this side of a sociopath. She gloms on to Levi and pushes him around throughout the book. These two main characters are surrounded by Levi's grumpy Mom, Levi's always angry and sarcastic older sister, and a neighborhood full of angry, grouchy adults. These adults confront, scream, threaten and intimidate the kids and each other for no apparent reason, and for no reason related to the story. Two mellow oldsters, who turn out to be witch/wizard sorts, appear half way through the book to do some necessary monologuing, but then they disappear again until the end. (BTW, after cleaning up loose ends at the end they leave town forever because they don't like anybody there and decide the town isn't worth saving. Really.) As to the quest. Well, at one point our heroes are called upon to save the old guys, who have already saved the kids twice. The kids, though, turn tail and run, leaving their companions to their fate. Later, the two kids befriend a little monster, who saves them innumerable times. When that monster is captured by big bad monsters, they turn tail and abandon that companion to its fate. Indeed, all the kids do is hide and cringe and abandon anyone who has helped them. Are we having fun yet? Note, that there is not a single note of humor in any of this, apart from some dry humor from the old couple before they exit the stage, and some edgy oneliners from the monsters toward the end. As to the plot, while it is a simple frame its execution is very complicated. There's a lot of Willy Wonk-ish stuff in the lair, and a lot of backstory about how monsters ruled in the olden days. There's some convoluted angle where the monsters are farming human children for their dream energy. This is all handled through occasional monologuing where everything is explained. The kids never actually discover anything; they are told the story by other characters. The odd thing is that the art is great. It's expressive and energetic and honestly scary. (Look at the cover.) If you dropped all of the text, kept the art as is, and wrote a new story around the art you could have a really entertaining book. MASSIVE SPOILER. (view spoiler)[Here's the part that sent me over the edge and motivated me to write this overlong review. At the end the two kids confront the incorporeal Boojum, the super bad monster. The Boojum turns on Levi and berates him mercilessly as a "spineless" loser until Levi falls into a swoon. The Boojum then turns on Kat. He berates her and drives home to her that she is broken, friendless, antisocial, and will never fit into this world. He mentally and emotionally so abuses her that she breaks down and commits suicide by sacrificing herself and merging with the Boojum. That's right. The book actually ends with the heroine basically being internet bullied into suicide. Think about that. After that, Levi wakes up, his memory has been wiped, he and everyone else forget Kat ever existed, and Levi returns to his mopey sadsack existence. The end. Except recently, (since I first wrote this), the publisher has added two chapters to create a new ending. Levi finds Kat, touches her, and she comes back to life. The end. Not impressed. (hide spoiler)] I get it that a middle grade adventure quest can sometimes just not get off the ground, or can have enough of a tin ear or grating characters to not be entertaining. But this ridiculous and distressing ending was just too much to tolerate. Worst. Book. Ever. (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I'm still sorting out how I feel about aspects of this book - I find the art distractingly busy in a lot of places and at times like it's trying too hard to look like Quentin Blake's work on Roald Dahl's novels (specifically The Twits) and I'm never really sure I like jokes for the adults sprinkled into a book for middle grade readers (mostly the ice cream name puns in this case). But the plot largely works well and Levi is a very good character, especially for the age group as he's just a regul I'm still sorting out how I feel about aspects of this book - I find the art distractingly busy in a lot of places and at times like it's trying too hard to look like Quentin Blake's work on Roald Dahl's novels (specifically The Twits) and I'm never really sure I like jokes for the adults sprinkled into a book for middle grade readers (mostly the ice cream name puns in this case). But the plot largely works well and Levi is a very good character, especially for the age group as he's just a regular kid with anxiety and a gentle demeanor who happens to be a boy, something we need to see more of in children's literature. I do think that the plot point of "kids who fell through the cracks in the sidewalk" needed to be explored and developed more (it basically gets one line), but overall I did enjoy reading this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Awake at Midnight

    Kory Merritt returns with his sarcastic, comedic twist on family-styled Lovecraftian horror in this creepy adventure filled with lavish illustrations that accompany easy-to-read, gripping text. It’s not exactly a full-length graphic novel, but close enough that you won’t notice the difference, especially since Merritt’s crazy creatures climb over and through them across the page. His unique artistic style and his nods to icons of horror popular culture make this a ride that carries the fun into Kory Merritt returns with his sarcastic, comedic twist on family-styled Lovecraftian horror in this creepy adventure filled with lavish illustrations that accompany easy-to-read, gripping text. It’s not exactly a full-length graphic novel, but close enough that you won’t notice the difference, especially since Merritt’s crazy creatures climb over and through them across the page. His unique artistic style and his nods to icons of horror popular culture make this a ride that carries the fun into the rest of your day. The story moves at a fast enough pace that it's hard to put down, but long enough to last more than a single sitting. Merritt’s world building is as rich as his character development, and I feel for the imaginative and artistic Kat when we discover her father is kind of a jerk and for poor Levi who has lost his sister. Cowslip grove could be any small town, I only wish my local ice cream truck were driven by a creepy villain like Rafer Frost!

  6. 4 out of 5

    TK421

    READ THIS BOOK! An incredible tale of good vs. evil, friendship, childhood imagination and nightmares and so much more. If you like Walter Moers, the Cthulhu myths, and the art of Edward Gorey, you'll dig this book. READ THIS BOOK! An incredible tale of good vs. evil, friendship, childhood imagination and nightmares and so much more. If you like Walter Moers, the Cthulhu myths, and the art of Edward Gorey, you'll dig this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    While it's not generally a book I would read... I loved it. Reminiscent of Grimm and so very creative! Just enough creepy to make you read with the lights on. While it's not generally a book I would read... I loved it. Reminiscent of Grimm and so very creative! Just enough creepy to make you read with the lights on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Grabs

    Fantastic tale of two misfits (each in their own way) who find the monsters lurking under their town and the power of friendship.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Read Ng

    This was a GoodReads giveaway win of an Advance Reading Copy. This is an uncorrected proof version. The finished printing is not due for release until early October 2020, just in time for Halloween. I am not the target audience. So reading from the eyes of a middle schooler I really liked this book. Every page appropriately illustrated. Characters you can feel for. A spooky tale with a lot of creep to it. It is a quick read. It could make a good chapter read before bedtime, but that could also l This was a GoodReads giveaway win of an Advance Reading Copy. This is an uncorrected proof version. The finished printing is not due for release until early October 2020, just in time for Halloween. I am not the target audience. So reading from the eyes of a middle schooler I really liked this book. Every page appropriately illustrated. Characters you can feel for. A spooky tale with a lot of creep to it. It is a quick read. It could make a good chapter read before bedtime, but that could also lead to some unpleasant dreams. The target audience is likely just beyond having their parents read to them just before bedtime. Those children who are reading on their own are much less likely have such issues. This will make a great Halloween treat for your goblin. This was a GoodReads.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Swinney

    This was sent to me for an honest review, I enjoyed it. The concept was neat and the characters while not always likable were good for the story. I would definitely recommend this story as a read for a slightly older child, as there is some scary stuff for young children. Great story and illustrations, as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather Miller -- Quaint and Curious Volumes

    Scary monsters, disappearing children, danger around every corner - what's not to love? Mix in a couple of relatable protagonists - quiet, cautious Levi and bounce-off-the-walls chatterbox Kat - with amazing detailed pen and ink drawings on every page, and you've got a story that just about any middle grade reader will gobble up. Don't let the bulky 354 pages scare you, there are tons of illustrations so the pages fly by. Adventure, friendship, and a lesson or two in not judging a monster (or pe Scary monsters, disappearing children, danger around every corner - what's not to love? Mix in a couple of relatable protagonists - quiet, cautious Levi and bounce-off-the-walls chatterbox Kat - with amazing detailed pen and ink drawings on every page, and you've got a story that just about any middle grade reader will gobble up. Don't let the bulky 354 pages scare you, there are tons of illustrations so the pages fly by. Adventure, friendship, and a lesson or two in not judging a monster (or person) by its cover make this a book that parents and kids will both love.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Bought it for my kid and decided to read it to see how scary it was. My son's 8. I think he can handle it. A little clunky at first but becomes more engrossing and fluid about halfway through. I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine for its intended audience. Bought it for my kid and decided to read it to see how scary it was. My son's 8. I think he can handle it. A little clunky at first but becomes more engrossing and fluid about halfway through. I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine for its intended audience.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Shannon

    When I read this back in May the book ended on an absolute bummer that I LOVED. I couldn’t believe that the publisher let it through. Cut to August and it turns out my ARC had the last two chapters missing! So now the book has a much happier ending, and I still love it, but there’s a part of me that wishes the publisher would leave off those last two chapters and blow some kids’ minds. Oh well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    August 18, 2020. DS want to read this book again. He really enjoys it. June 29, 2020. Received ARC today. My four year old had me read five chapters in one sitting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sammie

    You can read my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here. Many thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for a review copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Overall: The cover definitely caught my eye on this one, and I knew I had to read it. I’ve really been enjoying this trend of half-written, half-graphic novels lately, and this is no exception. The art style is super cute, but not too cute, walking a nice balance of feeling creepy but also nice to look at. No Pla You can read my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here. Many thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for a review copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Overall: The cover definitely caught my eye on this one, and I knew I had to read it. I’ve really been enjoying this trend of half-written, half-graphic novels lately, and this is no exception. The art style is super cute, but not too cute, walking a nice balance of feeling creepy but also nice to look at. No Place for Monsters is half-written, half-graphic novel, and all spooky mystery. There’s a lot of creepy happenings in the small town of Cowslip Grove, but not all the monsters are terrifying! I had a lot of fun with this one! My biggest complaint was that the ending was a bit too sudden and convenient, especially after the struggle through pretty much the whole book. It felt a little too clean, considering. My Thoughts: - The artwork in this book is charmingly creepy and works really well to establish a foreboding atmosphere. The combination of words and art worked perfectly in this book. It was a quicker read than I expected because of it, but it definitely set a tangibly creepy atmosphere. Merritt does a fabulous job of matching the illustrations to the story in a way that just enhanced both. The pictures aren’t always highly detailed and elaborate, but Merritt knows when to use shadows, silhouettes, and vagueness to create an eerie effect. There are so many examples of this that I really enjoyed, but if we’re honest, those are spooky things in and of themselves, right? It manages to be scary without being too graphic when bad things happen (and I assure you, bad things happen). - The friendship between Levi and Kat is sweet and fun, and I loved seeing them team up. Both are outsiders in their little town; Kat because of her reputation for being weird and Levi because he’s new in town. Kat is a force unto her own, though, and Levi gets swept up in the whirlwind that is her aura. Together, they have to unravel the conspiracy going on in their small town. Kat’s personality itself is larger than life: the slightly out there kid who believes in the paranormal and conspiracy theories and is a little too loud and outspoken for the adults’ comfort. Which is the perfect person to pair with quiet, introverted Levi. I loved the way their dynamic worked, playing off of each other. They each bring their own strength to the story, and they each have to grow and figure out what’s really important to them. - Be prepared to meet a cast of fun, quirky monsters that aren’t exactly what you’d call cute, but they might surprise you anyway. Like a Chupacabra! Those are always fun, yes? Merritt’s imagining of the creature isn’t exactly the sort you’d want to cuddle and take home as a pet (or so I’ve been told by my husband, though he’s clearly mistaken). The monsters in this book are sufficiently scary, without being too scary. They won’t give you nightmares, per se, but you definitely wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley. I particularly enjoyed the use of different fonts to portray different creatures talking. It made it easy for me to picture different voices for each character. Plus, each creature has different speech patterns and personalities, which really brought them to life and made meeting new creatures fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sue’s Shelf

    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway--thanks, Goodreads! 3.5 Stars. "Lavishly illustrated" is a bit of an understatement--this book is packed with imaginative, doodle-like drawings that leap off the pages, and while some kids might be repulsed by a few of the monsters (I was!) other kids will no doubt delight in them, and be inspired to create their own menagerie of boojums. Kory Merritt's use of language is likewise wildly imaginative ("I will feed on your big fleshy rumplebuffins, you g I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway--thanks, Goodreads! 3.5 Stars. "Lavishly illustrated" is a bit of an understatement--this book is packed with imaginative, doodle-like drawings that leap off the pages, and while some kids might be repulsed by a few of the monsters (I was!) other kids will no doubt delight in them, and be inspired to create their own menagerie of boojums. Kory Merritt's use of language is likewise wildly imaginative ("I will feed on your big fleshy rumplebuffins, you goohooligan!") and is frequently incorporated into the text as drippy hand-lettering. Spooky and wonderful! It took me a while to get into the story, (it was hard to care about such an over-the-top character like Kat), but once the mystery began and things got progressively dire for Levi and Kat, I was pulled in. Some elements of the story were quite terrifying, and a lot happened to the main characters, but it all wrapped up in a kind of odd way I didn't really understand (and I'm a grown-up!) and I’m unsure about the author’s overarching themes. That said, I know there are middle grade readers, and artists, out there who will absolutely love this for the scary entertainment it is.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    It is hard to think of a more deeply scary concept than the one at the heart of this truly spooky and unusual story! Something unknown comes in the night, steals a sleeping child and every trace and memory anyone has of that child's existence. The next day the parents, neighbors and even the school have no memory or record. YIKES! Talk about existential primal fear! New to town Levi and his boisterous new friend Kat seem to be the only ones immune to forgetting and when Levi's little sister, Twil It is hard to think of a more deeply scary concept than the one at the heart of this truly spooky and unusual story! Something unknown comes in the night, steals a sleeping child and every trace and memory anyone has of that child's existence. The next day the parents, neighbors and even the school have no memory or record. YIKES! Talk about existential primal fear! New to town Levi and his boisterous new friend Kat seem to be the only ones immune to forgetting and when Levi's little sister, Twila, disappears they set out to find her. A host of terrifying monsters people the pages and are the centerpiece of the tale. The book is as much illustration as it is text and Merritt's pen and ink drawings are simply terrific and chock full of details to be savored. The pacing is urgent and the temptation great to race through the pages but taking time with the illustrations is really rewarding. A chupacadra named Willow and two hilariously decrepit neighbors, the Mushpits, almost steal the show. This book is bound to have huge curb appeal and is unlikely to stay long on the shelf. I read this in galley and, quite fittingly, on Halloween weekend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    What happens when your little sister disappears and no one remembers her. She's not forgotten - it's as if she did not exist! All her things are gone and no one has any recollection of her. She's even missing from family pictures! That's what's been happening in town of Cowslip Grove. Except this time Levi and Kat remember! And they set out to find out what happened to Levi's little sister. Levi loves his little sister and will do anything to get her back. This book was exciting and different. It What happens when your little sister disappears and no one remembers her. She's not forgotten - it's as if she did not exist! All her things are gone and no one has any recollection of her. She's even missing from family pictures! That's what's been happening in town of Cowslip Grove. Except this time Levi and Kat remember! And they set out to find out what happened to Levi's little sister. Levi loves his little sister and will do anything to get her back. This book was exciting and different. It was definitely creepy! There was a mystery that involved old fashioned monsters, and kids disappearing in the middle of the night. There was a magical element that kept Levi and Kat safe. There were strange creatures, like Willow, who in the end helped them because Levi was kind to her. Each page has numerous black and white illustrations that really added to the creepiness of the story. There is a lot of action and excitement in this book and I couldn't wait to find out if Levi would save his sister! I really think kids will love this book! I know I did!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    “Spider-Man got his superpowers when he was bit by a radioactive spider ... We got beat up by a wacko garden.” Levi is the quiet, new student, having just moved from the big city to the suburbs (Cowslip Grove). Levi is not sure about small town life. It seems so ... quiet. At least he has his little sister, Twila, for company. Things get much louder though when he meets Kat, an outsider at school with some crazy ideas. She's always talking about extraterrestrial spies and cryptids and how there i “Spider-Man got his superpowers when he was bit by a radioactive spider ... We got beat up by a wacko garden.” Levi is the quiet, new student, having just moved from the big city to the suburbs (Cowslip Grove). Levi is not sure about small town life. It seems so ... quiet. At least he has his little sister, Twila, for company. Things get much louder though when he meets Kat, an outsider at school with some crazy ideas. She's always talking about extraterrestrial spies and cryptids and how there is something weird about Cowslip Grove. She tells Levi that the bully's little brother has disappeared and no one remembers that he had a little brother except Kat. Levi is not quite sure how to believe when Kat talks. It all sounds so crazy. Kat also hates how everyone is so obsessive about their lawns needing to be trimmed and organized. “It’s like everyone in town is scared nature is going to rise up and attack them.” Only Mr. and Mrs. Mushpit are not afraid to let their lawn and garden run wild. Do they know something that the rest of Cowslip Grove doesn't know? Then one night on the way home after dark, Levi sees something. It's very unusual and quite creepy, though he can't really identify what it is. “Fluorescent green eyes? Hideous hunched back with sharp sinister spines? It had moved so quickly. His mind was playing tricks again.” This siting seems to start a chain reaction of events that leads to Twila disappearing ... and no one remembering who Twila even is except Levi and Kat. His mom thinks Levi is crazy. Why are Levi and Kat the only ones who seem to remember? And where are these children disappearing to? And who is making them disappear? Does it have anything to do with the creepy creature that Levi spotted? Or maybe the weird dreams that are occurring? Sufficiently creepy, but not too scary, this should be popular with my elementary students 3rd grade and up. The artwork will be a big draw, too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This was really good. It was scary, emotional, and really set you on the edge for what was going to happen. I'm not sure of the audience. I thought it was scary, I can't imagine reading this to any kid, and I could even see middle school students being a little freaked out by the power of the Boojum. To have your family completely forget you, and to be lost as a dreamer to the Boojum forever. That is terrifying! There really is nothing to balance that. This throws the reader into the deep end and e This was really good. It was scary, emotional, and really set you on the edge for what was going to happen. I'm not sure of the audience. I thought it was scary, I can't imagine reading this to any kid, and I could even see middle school students being a little freaked out by the power of the Boojum. To have your family completely forget you, and to be lost as a dreamer to the Boojum forever. That is terrifying! There really is nothing to balance that. This throws the reader into the deep end and expects you to deal with the emotional impact. The stakes are high, the drawings are powerful, the characters relatable, and there is no other foot dropping. The story would have worked with the sad ending too. There is a lot of emotion to unpack here, and I'm not sure even middle school kids would be able to handle this well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    P.

    More unsettling than it may seem on the surface - with the popularity of illustrated contemporary/humorous novels like Wimpy Kid and Nate the Great, readers could think they're in for a light horror romp, but this opens with a girl being taken from her family and being magically, utterly forgotten. It does have a wacky sense of monster design (reminded me of Aaaah! Real Monsters) and a setpiece in a pun-filled underground ice cream factory, so it's not entirely without humor, but I respect that More unsettling than it may seem on the surface - with the popularity of illustrated contemporary/humorous novels like Wimpy Kid and Nate the Great, readers could think they're in for a light horror romp, but this opens with a girl being taken from her family and being magically, utterly forgotten. It does have a wacky sense of monster design (reminded me of Aaaah! Real Monsters) and a setpiece in a pun-filled underground ice cream factory, so it's not entirely without humor, but I respect that it doesn't spare the horror element as well. The illustrations are a bit crowded but effective and make the book a breeze to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I *love* this book. Creepy, funny, exciting - it has everything. It even has nerdy/ dorky Easter eggs hidden throughout the illustrations, which on a whole are incredible. The characters were great (who doesn’t love a Chupacabra named Willow?), the poor was continuously engaging. The book was even formatted in a spectacular way (different fonts, highlighting certain illustrations, etc.). Highly recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    This was really good! There's a lot more going on in this story than just kids disappearing. Great subtext about not fitting in, feeling invisible, climate change, divorce, and yes, bad puns. The illustrations really make the book, adding to the incredibly creepy and ominous vibe that runs through most of the story. My favorite character? Hands down, it's Willow. Never judge someone by their appearance! This was really good! There's a lot more going on in this story than just kids disappearing. Great subtext about not fitting in, feeling invisible, climate change, divorce, and yes, bad puns. The illustrations really make the book, adding to the incredibly creepy and ominous vibe that runs through most of the story. My favorite character? Hands down, it's Willow. Never judge someone by their appearance!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Legit creepy. Bumps up a star for the illustrations, which elevate the storyline. Character development was fairly atrocious -- kids are incredibly one-dimensional (and unlikeable, but that may have been a creative choice?), adults the same. But the hybrid format of words and pictures and dark storyline will surely appeal to young readers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    Levi and Kat often feel like they’re the only ones out of place in their small suburban town of Cowslip Grove. The two children feel a slight remove from their classmates and families; the one thing binding them together is their ability to see what everyone else cannot: Children are disappearing. And no one else seems to remember these children ever existed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marissa Grossman

    Suburbia just got a whole lot creepier in Kory Merritt’s new novel No Place for Monsters. Kat and Levi realize that other kids are going missing and no one remembers the disappearances, except for Kat and Levi. The disappearances send Kat and Levi on a mission to save the other children while facing the terrible monsters that took them. No Place for Monsters is an expertly interwoven illustrated text that creates an immersive reading experience for young readers. While the book is certainly cree Suburbia just got a whole lot creepier in Kory Merritt’s new novel No Place for Monsters. Kat and Levi realize that other kids are going missing and no one remembers the disappearances, except for Kat and Levi. The disappearances send Kat and Levi on a mission to save the other children while facing the terrible monsters that took them. No Place for Monsters is an expertly interwoven illustrated text that creates an immersive reading experience for young readers. While the book is certainly creepy, it is not super scary and will help young readers get in the mood for fall and the spooky season.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheldon Bookworm

    Well, I finished this book back in Sept but I think a review of a book as good as this one is better late than never. I really enjoyed this book. This has a way of bringing the characters alive on the page and making you feel like you're there in the experience with each turn of the page. Well, I finished this book back in Sept but I think a review of a book as good as this one is better late than never. I really enjoyed this book. This has a way of bringing the characters alive on the page and making you feel like you're there in the experience with each turn of the page.

  28. 4 out of 5

    TZ

    I live this book! It is so cool and it just keeps pulling and pulling you in. This is not for easily scared kids but it isn’t the scariest. If you have nightmares easily then this is also not for you. But I love this amazing book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Devil

    A no-nonsense horror novel with an ingenious plot, intricate sketches, and fresh elements.

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