cover image Monster Motel

Monster Motel

Douglas Florian. Harcourt Children's Books, $15 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-15-255320-3

``Welcome to the Monster Motel, / Where mostly monstrous monsters dwell. / They crawl the walls and gore the floors, / They shred the beds then saw the doors.'' Jaunty verses with a kid-pleasing combination of whimsy and grossness describe the zany creatures (``The Fabled Feerz,'' ``The Purple Po,'' et al.) who inhabit Florian's decidedly outre hostelry. The Monster Chef cooks up ``a meal / Of spotted toad and speckled eel'' and adds--for that extra je ne sais quoi --``a lizard's pointed nose.'' The yellow Brilly, a ``foolish ghoulish puddinghead,'' is a creature who ``munches traffic signs'' for lunch and ``takes its bath in lemon Jell-O.'' With a soupcon of Dr. Seuss's wackiness and a dollop of Jack Prelutsky's humor, Florian's ( Vegetable Garden ) groaning and moaning, triangle-toothed monsters are funny enough to frighten away the blues. Slight but suitably silly. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)