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By Christina Cody
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BEGINNINGS

Monster Reader began as a short poem for a children's book and it grew and grew, as monsters sometimes do, into a story about a family, a library visit, a monster teacher encouraging her monster students to read a variety of books, and a word swallowing gargoyle, Theodor, who reminds us the importance of books: Reading opens your eyes. Reading opens your world. 

STORY SUMMARY

When the story begins, a family is starting their weekly walk to the library and then the parents ask their two children, Jason and Megan, "For once, can you walk normal today?" The children remind the parents that they are kids and like to skip and run. Pretty soon, the whole family is doing everything but normal walking all the way to the library.

Once in the library, the librarian, Ms. Moonstar, tells Jason and Megan about a brand new book that just arrived, Monster Reader. She then warns them, "Beware, once you read a monstrous book, you see the world differently and begin to take second looks."

Jason and Megan read the Monster Reader book which is full of all kinds of monsters like: little monsters that nibble nursery rhymes, princess monsters that sip tea with fairy tales, pirate monsters that chomp history with ships and ghostly lore, and a sleuth of monsters not even mentioned here.

When Jason and Megan finish reading the book, they see Ms. Moonstar differently and then she reminds them to visit with the gargoyle out front of the library, the Ultimate Monster Reader. (He flew down from the top of the library just to read some "delicious" books.)

Jason reads the plaque on the statue of Theodor about Reading opening your eyes. And then the family goes home, but they certainly do not walk "normal."

WRITING STYLE and HOME CONNECTIONS

The general target audience for Monster Reader is ages 4 - 10 but, being a Mom and former Reading Teacher, I wrote the book to engage readers of all ages and to encourage monster writers.

Monster Reader is written in poetic verse to keep the text engaging and uses an assortment of "eating" words to associate what monsters do because they are REATING monsters. (When books are delicious, sometimes they can't resist licking the pages and chewing on the illustrations.) So, naturally there is another Yummy element to the book, a  KITCHEN CONNECTION! 

With the help of Heather Baird, Sprinklebakes.com guru, there is a MONSTER CUPCAKE RECIPE in the back of the book created just for Monster Reader! You got it! A recipe that you may use to create something delicious and monsterly!

CLASSROOM CONNECTION!

Monster Reader is 40 pages long and could serve as a curriculum supplemental book for grades 3 and up to enhance writing strategies with metaphors, rhyme, heightened vocabulary, context and illustration clues, and general connections to the state reading curriculum.

A variety of book genres and story types are mentioned in the book, for instance: nursery rhymes, poetry, fantasy, fairy tale, history, myth, legend, fable, joke, and scary stories. Each story type has an example to help readers make connections and ask questions. A couple of examples are: 

Wild Wooly illustration before finalizing.
Wild Wooly illustration before finalizing.

Wild, Wooly monsters crunch Tall Tales with Paul and his big blue ox, while myths are yummy morsels of Zeus and Pandora's box.

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Little monsters nibble nursery rhymes with rings around the rosies, squishing all the little humpties between their little toesies.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Kickstarter is a way to reach a multitude of people from all over the world, and a way to allow me to bring you along on this monster journey. With so many children reluctant to read and, for those children who are avid readers, I wanted to create a book to appeal to both boys and girls and reinforce the importance of sampling a variety of books to find what works for them as  readers.

HOW WILL YOUR FUNDING DOLLARS BE USED?

First and very important ~ if the funding goal isn't reached, your donation will never leave your bank account. 

Second ~ ALL funds will be distributed to book production purposes such as:

Printing more than 1000 both hard and soft cover books

Reward items for YOU - a loyal supporter!

Shipping, Handling, and Processing Fees

IF FUNDING GOAL IS REACHED!

WOW! That would be a blessing, and I would be able to bring Monster Reader to more schools and homes for more family time reading.

FYI for you ~ ONLY when funding is reached would your supportive donation leave your bank account.  

Please SHARE the Monster Reader Kickstarter URL with any and all who might want to encourage young monster readers to use their imaginations and be inspired to read a montrous book!

Heather Ozee (illustrator - left) and Christina Cody (author - right)
Heather Ozee (illustrator - left) and Christina Cody (author - right)

YOU ARE APPRECIATED and WE THANK YOU for your support!

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    "FAIRY TALE Level" ~ You are rescuing a damsel in distress. To show my appreciation, I will happily send you an autographed bookmark with one of the book illustrations and scribe a thank you to YOU on the monster-reader website.

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    "FABLE Level" ~ You have proven quicker than the rabbit to hop on this opportunity! You will receive a First Edition Autographed hardcover book as well as the above rewards.

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    "POETRY Level" ~ You are worthy of poetic verse, and I will not only award you with the previous rewards, your hardcover book will have a personalized inscription from me to whomever you wish. You will also receive 4 notecards with a variety of illutrations from the book on them.

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    "MYTH Level" ~ You are my hero / heroine and will receive all the rewards from above and a second signed copy of the book to gift to another monster reader. I will also donate a signed softcover copy of the book to the elementary school library or local library of your choice with a personalized note card stating the donation in your name.

    (For every donation from this level on, I will donate a book to the library of your choice.)

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    "HISTORICAL Level" ~ Your name will go down in Monster Reader history as being one of my most noble supporters. Not only will you receive the above rewards, including the book donation, YOU will receive a "I'm a Monster Reader" tote bag and an additional authographed softcover book for gifting.

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    "MYSTERY Level" ~ It's no mystery as to who is most generous - YOU! You will receive the above rewards, plus your books will be autographed by BOTH the illustrator and me, and one 8X10 Limited Edition illustration print from the book - (of course, the illustrator will sign the print just for you).

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    "LEGEND Level" ~ YOU are legendary as far as I am concerned! You will receive an additional 8X10 Limited Edition illustration autographed by the illustrator (2 total), a "I'm a Monster Reader" t-shirt for you or a child, and my wonderful illustrator will customize one "Monster Portrait" of you or your children. As always, you will receive the above rewards.

    (the estimated delivery date regards all the rewards but the portrait, which may take an additional month since it will be customized)

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    "MONSTER READER Level" ~ YOU deserve MONSTROUS APPLAUSE for your support!
    As always, you will receive all of the above and an additional 8X10 illustration print (3 total / different illustrations), an additional 2 hardcover books (4 hardcovers, 1 softcover), an additional Monster Reader t-shirt, and an additional monster portrait (2 total).

    (As mentioned in the above level, the monster portraits may take an extra month due to customization.)

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