Just as Saturday mornings’ TV programming was aimed at kids, full of cartoons and entertainment, Saturday mornings on PWR is aimed at kids of all ages, making recommendations of good books to read. Today’s selection is How to Prevent Monster Attacks, written and illustrated by Dave Ross. My copy, which was donated to my Little Free Library and has seen better days, was published in 1984 by Minstrel Books. It is chock-full of humor and wonderful drawings.

The monster in the window seems as engrossed in the boy’s book as the boy is.

My favorite chapter is Chapter 5, “How to Defend Against Monster Attacks.” It gives illustrated advice like, “Garlic will keep vampires away…Unfortunately, it will keep most friends away too,” and “To stop Frankenstein-monster attacks, carry a needle and thread. That way you can offer to sew on any loose parts. (Then stitch his feet together.)

This is a delightful book for any youngster old enough to make fun of monsters through junior high. It is guaranteed for a laugh.

Thanks, Carla for the loan of the meme.
Thanks, Evin

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. Don’t you wonder sometimes how these books made their way to your Little Free Library? I’m thinking about that after finishing Cloud Cuckoo Land last night. How fortunate we are to be able to share books with others and to have others share books with us in libraries.

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