Friday, August 27, 2010

Balloon Toons: Adopt a Glurb

Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel
$10.99, age 4-8, 40 pages

If your child goes gaga over Gogos Crazy Bones or thinks Uglydolls are awesome, here's a graphic book he won't want to put down.

The star of this early reader is a self-assured little monster who wants to be the reader's pet and insists he's as easy to care for as a dog or cat.

But there's a catch. If you don't take good care of the "glurb," he turns into a little rascal.

The glurb has been known to stretch his mouth with his toes and waggle his tongue when he's not getting enough attention, and bite your fingernail when he's scared.

He'll also hide when he's naughty, whine when he doesn't get enough cuddles, pluck your eyebrows when you're asleep and unroll the toilet paper just for fun.

Still there's a lot to be said for getting a glurb. He loves to be tickled on the belly, ride on the tops of your shoes -- and having one is hardly enough.

Or is it?

Silly and fun, this fast-paced guide to raising a pet monster will have readers wishing for a persnickety glurb of his own.

Other great books in the Balloon Toons series include Rick & Rack and The Great Outdoors by Ethan Long, and The Super Crazy Cat Dance by Aron Nels Steinke.

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