Friday, October 26, 2018


In author David Michael Slater's series of Mysterious Monsters early chapter books readers join a trio of kids similar in age to themselves in an adventurous search to discover if fantastical beasts and mythical creatures from campfire ghost stories and folklore really are a reality.  These stories written for elementary school aged children who are just beginning to independently read chapter books will draw in kids with their tales of aliens, bigfoot, ghosts and vampires but won't cause nightmares as the tales are more whimsical than scary.  Easily readable text with humorous context by Slater combined with quirky illustrations by Mauro Sorghienti make this series of books a great pickup for young readers.

The first story in this six-book early chapter book series focuses on BIGFOOT! It begins with Marcus Mattigan, host of the popular television show "Monstrous Lies with Marcus Mattigan" invites his children, Maddie, Max and Theo, travel around the country with him as he exposes frauds and fakes. The Mattigan kids don't believe in things that go bump in the night. After all their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible.  But then their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up during their travels with his mysterious monsters journal to enlist the children in his search for Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot).

Drawn into the search, Maddie, Max and Theo must deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To resolve the mystery of Bigfoot, these kids are going to have to rethink what is possible in the world. And what do they do when they actually stumble upon this elusive monster that most people on the planet consider a hoax?

The next book in the Mysterious Monsters series revolves around an ALIEN! After having discovered Bigfoot, the Mattigan kids join their dad as he does a television show in Las Vegas to disprove alien sightings. But now Maddie, Max and Theo know Mysterious Monsters are real they embark on their own investigation into the reality of aliens. Utilizing clever disguises, a well-hidden walkie talkie, and just a few broken eggs, the trio looks into whether something is actually hidden in the notorious Area 51 within the Nevada desert. What they find out is … surprising!

ALIEN and BIGFOOT are now available at Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart among other retailers where books are sold. Coming soon in this early chapter book series will be Vampire! (January 2019), Ghost! (February 2019), Werewolf! (September 2019), and The Collector! (November 2019). My son and daughter were both thrilled by the first two stories in the Mysterious Monsters series so David Michael Slater and Mauro Sorghienti both have earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval for these books.

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