Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book Review: The Monster that Ate My Socks by A.J. Cosmo


A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn’t know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn’t do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.

They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn’t meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters. 

The boys are left in a pickle. Allow the monsters to be and get grounded, or turn the monsters in knowing what will happen to them? Neither idea seems good, so they come up with a new plan!



This Monster is absolutely enchanting!  He (?) has the classic 'nobody can see him but the kid' thing  going on, but is rendered in such a way as to not be frightening to young children.

As a mother of (formerly) young children, and a member of the human race, I appreciate the lessons Mr. Cosmo incorporated into this delightful tale.  The monster isn't trying to harm Max or deprive him of his possessions, he's just trying to feed his little ones.  Many adults today could take lessons from Max and his best friend in compassion.  Although Max has caught some grief from his mother due to the ongoing disappearance of his socks, Max comes up with a rather ingenious solution to aid the little monster family by ensuring a steady supply of its other main source of nutrition (bad homework).

International Book Giving Day is coming up on Valentine's Day, and I can't think of a better book to pass along to a child.  Now, there are many, many wonderful children's books and I'm not putting any of them down.  If you are able, please consider donating or giving one or more of your favorite children's books on Saturday.  Monsters is just a great candidate for giving that came onto my radar at the right time!

Hearts of stone beware!  Monsters will turn you into a cuddly teddy bear!



A.J. Cosmo's stories are crafted to help parents teach their children simple everyday lessons in an easy to understand manner. By artfully marrying beautiful illustrations and language, children are challenged to explore his magical worlds. Written for the transitional reader, A.J.'s stories allow your child to develop and master a new level of reading. 


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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Monster that Ate My Socks from the author and publisher via iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)


  1. LuAnn, your review made me smile.
    If our boys were young I would want this book.

    I hope it inspires readers to give books on International Book Giving Day!

    1. When is that? There are little loner libraries near my apartment that I leave books in all the time (mine and others.) I love the idea!

  2. This sounds like a cute story. Might have to look into it for my grand niece and nephew. I like the idea of a book giving away day too.


  3. Thank you for the review LuAnn :D

  4. This sounds like a fun book. Don't we all wonder what happens to our missing socks? :) Thanks for sharing!