Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie and There’s a Monster in My Fridge by Caryl Hart


Celebrate July 23—National Vanilla Ice Cream Day—with your favorite ice cream treat and this sweet book! Sam’s Sundaes is the best place on Jelly Bean Street to get ice cream. One day, five animals show up, begging little Sam Sundae to whip up the flavors of their dreams. There’s stinky blue cheese for mouse, fish finger ice cream for cat, squirmy wormy ice cream for chicken, and more flavors that seem perfect for each ice cream dreamer. That is, until Gorilla walks in and asks for the best choice of all! This wacky book will have kids howling with laughter and asking for more, more, more of this deliciously funny story. (Ages 2–6)

About the Author:
Chae Strathie grew up in New Lanark, Scotland and he has worked as a reporter and sub-editor for The Sunday Post. His award-winning children’s books include The Loon on the Moon and Jumblebum. Chae lives in Fife with his wife, daughter, three cats, and a goldfish.

About the Illustrator:
Nicola O’Byrne is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. She bases all of her characters on people she knows. Nicola was born in Swaziland and has lived in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Kenya, Scotland, and England.

In Emilee’s opinion:

Loved this book! This book was fantastic, clever and fun. It was about a young boy named Sam who apparently owned an icecream store. How old was the boy? I’m not sure but he could do anything. So, five animals arrived at his store and each one had different requests for icecream sundaes. The gorilla goes last and wants a cone full of good old vanilla. So, Sam did what he did best to take care of his customers and created the biggest cone for all of the animals to share. It was hilarious! I love books with imagination and this book definitely was creative.



There are monsters hiding everywhere, with pointy teeth and tangly hair! Can you find them? Dare you look, between the pages of this book? Monsters, monsters, everywhere—but not as scary as you think! Each turn of the page is filled with delightfully charming monsters who just happen to be hiding behind a fun split page doing super silly things. Who knew that monsters crave raspberry jelly? Or that witches love glitter glue? There are lots of funny, giggle-worthy revelations for children, including one at the very end that puts them right in the middle of the action. Pssst . . . a mirror on the last page makes their own face the last surprise! (Ages 3–6)

About the Authors:
Caryl Hart is an award-winning, full-time children’s author based in Derbyshire. She loves running creative literacy workshops for schools and libraries. She currently lives in the Peak District with her husband, two daughters, and one cat.

Deborah Allwright is best known for her critically acclaimed books, including The Night Pirates, She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain, and Don’t Read This Book! Deborah works in a studio in Islington.

In Emilee’s opinion:

Here is another fun book to read with your children. There’s a Monster in my Fridge was delightful and perfect for Halloween. There are fun split pages for kids to turn to see what type of monster is lurking around. The illustrations were fabulous with a lot of detail. Monsters are hiding everywhere and there was a monster at the end of the book waiting to say, “Boo.” I definitely enjoyed reading this book to my kids. Loved!

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