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Friday, May 23, 2014

How to Make Friends and Monsters by Ron Bates (Review)

How to Make Friends and Monsters

By Ron Bates

(received for review purposes)   

image007Genre- Juvenile Fiction / General

Published by- Zonderkidz

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 352

Age Group- 8-12 years-old

Physical description of book- hardback, list price $12.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73607-3

In How to Make Friends and Monsters, by Ron Bates, Howard Boward is unable to make friends.  Kids make fun of his name and it does not help that he enjoys science.

Howard decides he is going to make a friend, a monster.  Before he knows it this new friend is popular and all the cool kids want to be Howard’s friends.  They want him to make them monsters too.

What will he do?  Will he learn the true meaning of friendship?

About the author- Ron Bates currently lives in Texas.  He is a humor columnist, writer and journalist.

My thoughts- Sometimes I wonder why Christian publishers publish some books and How to Make Friends and Monsters, by Ron Bates, is one of those books.  I thought the book itself was great, because it taught the reader that you cannot force people to be your friend and you cannot buy your friends.  It just did not have any obvious message from God, something I have come to expect in books from Christian publishers.

It would be a good book for tweens to read.  They will be able to learn how to and not too make friends.  I know that tweens, especially those who are different have trouble fitting in and may go to any length to do so.  Howard and his monster friend can show them the right way to gain true friends.

I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received How to Make Monsters and Friends, by Ron Bates., for free through DJC Communications.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

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