So, if your kids are begging for a monster of their very own, don't just give in one day and buy them a monster they don't know how to take care of (Most monster pounds have a five-day waiting period for just this reason). Monsters are a lot of responsibility. A neglected monster may turn out to be a, well, monster. Do some research and make an informed decision. The third book in our FIVE-DAY MONSTER MARATHON is a handy, concise guide that you can check out from the library and reference to get ready for the big day.
Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your MONSTER, illustrated by Nate Evans, is a practical guide that breaks down the proper selection and care of a monster into ten easy to follow chapters.
Numeroff takes you from Step 1, Buying Your Monster ("...do not pick one who grabs you and starts to eat your shirt. Pick the monster who can play the banjo and tie his own shoes.") to Step 10, Putting Your Monster To Bed ("Do not tell your monster to count sheep. Counting sheep will make him hungry.")
Other chapters cover feeding, training, grooming, and singing with your monster. Bet you didn't know monsters love country-and-western music.
Early Literacy Tip of the Day
Before your child can draw, they can still practice their letters. Have them make the letter shapes using their bodies. You can show them how. This helpful exercise will likely result in some giggles and is a bit like yoga, don't you think?