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Mini-Review: They're Coming (Thomas Young)

The Deets:
Reading Level: For the youngins (picture book)
Pages: 32
Publisher: August 1st 2012 by Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 9780764342257
Sournce: eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

They're Coming!
They're Coming! is a humorously creepy picture book from author/illustrator Timothy Young. It shows monsters and ghouls and various creatures from all over. Why are they coming? You'll have to read the book to find out.

I enjoy reading picture books from time to time. They are quick and fun. Plus, I love seeing my youngest son's reaction to them since this is right in pace with his age. We read Timothy Young's They're Coming together some time ago, but I'm just now getting around to writing the review. (I know, bad mommy!)

We enjoyed it. Now, as the older reader, I knew what to expect. I was certain there was a twist ending, and I was not disappointed. For a barely five-year-old though-- the intended suspense was not missed. We enjoyed flipping the pages to see who else would be coming and for what. The ended managed to wrangle a smile from my son and a semi-snort. He liked the idea of a "monster mash." (His words!)

I was particularly impressed with the illustrations. While the story was basic and didn't carry much of a plot, the pictures were great. The moon looked so realistic! I think the illustrations deserve more merit than the story in this one. The creatures are spooky without being too frightening. (I loved the Swamp Creature!) They are also familiar enough to be recognized by the youngest of readers, which is fun.

I wish I had posted the review before Halloween because this would have been a fun read for the occassion. But alas, roads are paved with my good intentions. All the same, remember this one if you have young readers at home (under 4) next October. It will be a nice pseudo-spooky Halloween story to share.



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Product Details

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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