The first book, "How BIG Could Your Pumpkin Grow?" by Wendell Minor, is a picture book full of fact and fantasy about gigantic pumpkins and real-life gigantic monuments. Readers are encouraged to use their imaginations and imagine monstrous pumpkins all over the country.
In "My Monster Smells Gross," by Nicky Lander, a child finds a monster who admits, "I'm the grossest monster you'll every meet." It's a scratch and sniff book and while there aren't scratch and sniff dots on every page -- that's really a good thing! The book is not for the faint of heart. An example of a vomit-inducing page: "But the grimy, gross, disgusting dish my monster likes the most is sickeningly squiggly, wriggly maggots spread on moldy toast!" Enough said.
Another silly scratch and sniff book by Nicky Lander is "The Super Smelly Alien!" While not as nauseatingly disgusting as the monster book, this book includes plenty of poop and fart mentions and lots and lots of disgusting smells.
Neither of the scratch and sniff books is a treasure like "How BIG Could Your Pumpkin Grow?" but they are entertaining books for those looking for a bit of yucky Halloween fun.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover books provided by the publisher, Penguin Young Readers Group, for review purposes.
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