3 for the 3-to-5 is where I give brief reviews of three books that I found in the 3-to-5 age range on Amazon. These books are theoretically in the science fiction and horror genres for little kids. (Although obviously for little readers ‘horror’ basically just means including ghosts and ghoulies.)
3 for 3-to-5 #3
A Very Scary Pumpkin: With all their toys and treats packed away, Chomper and Coco learned it was moving day. After they arrive at their new home they discover they’re not alone. The house is haunted by a very scary ghost named Pumpkin. Will Pumpkin scare the Nuggies away? Or will they find a way to become friends and stay? Find out in Nuggies Volume 3, “A Very Scary Pumpkin”.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Review: A Very Scary Pumpkin was actually a lot better than I anticipated, considering it was under the “For 3 Year Olds” category. It very well could be the first taste of a ‘ghost’ story for little readers. It does a good job of introducing them to a potentially frightening situation without actually making it scary. Pumpkin at the end is quite adorable.
I haven’t read any of the other “Nuggies” books, but the illustrations are simple and friendly. The text feels like it wants to have a rhythm, but never quite accomplishes it. But all together it’s a pleasing read for the 3 year old age range.
The Suburban Monsters: When young Harper and her family move into their new home in Doomsville she encounters monsters in her basement. After explaining that there are monsters living in their home with them, and her parents do not believe her, Harper takes it upon herself to discover the true origins of these monsters.
So begins The Suburban Monsters.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Review: This is a short graphic novel that is definitely suitable for the 4+ age range. Older kids would not be interested in it as the story is basically nonexistent. It is a good book to introduce the basic ‘classic monsters’ to, as she will see Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, and the Mummy, albeit not named as such. A bit of fluff, but enough to potentially spark a young reader’s interest.
The Fridge Freezer Time Machine: Luke loves inventing all kinds of awesome machines…. only, not all of his inventions work like they’re supposed to! Join Luke, an intrepid young inventor, for a time travel adventure like no other.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Review: A cute book about time travel. The Fridge Freezer Time Machine has a genius little inventor with very understanding parents, apparently. The journey he takes sees kids through the age of dinosaurs, the medieval age, and then to more current events. It’s simple, enjoyable, well illustrated, and ends with a nose-wrinkling mention of brussel sprouts which most little kids are going to giggle at.
My favorite out of this week’s list was probably A Very Scary Pumpkin. The others were good, but A Very Scary Pumpkin had a special charm to it.