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Zap-A-Monster

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Meet Mike and Molly, young neighbors and a dynamic duo trying to figure out whether monsters are real. Mike struggles to find a way to get rid of his monster fears forever, but none of them work—well, not until he and Molly use the science kit she got for her birthday to concoct the first-ever Zap-A-Monster Spray. You’ll laugh and be captivated by the idea that all the monsters are just funny fellows who like to play tricks. Wait until you see how Mike and Molly save the day—or the night rather—with their Zap-A-Monster Spray. No child will want to turn the lights out at night without his or her very own Zap-A-Monster Spray. Bring it on, monsters! We know how to get rid of you!

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Zap-A-Monster

  1. 1. Meet Mike and Molly, young neighbors and a dynamic duo trying to fig-ure out whether monsters are real. Mike struggles to find a way to getrid of his monster fears forever, but none of them work—well, not untilhe and Molly use the science kit she got for her birthday to concoct thefirst-ever Zap-A-Monster Spray. You’ll laugh and be captivated by theidea that all the monsters are just funny fellows who like to play tricks.Wait until you see how Mike and Molly save the day—or the nightrather—with their Zap-A-Monster Spray. No child will want to turn thelights out at night without his or her very own Zap-A-Monster Spray.Bring it on, monsters! We know how to get rid of you!Visit Mike & Molly at www.SkunkHollowPublishing.com for fun activities.As a mother-daughter team, we had so much fun creating this bookadventure together that our smile muscles still hurt, and we think yourswill too. We know our story will help spray away any anxiousness be-fore bedtime and ensure sweet dreams. Our hope is that Zap-A-Mon-ster will delight children and parents.Illustrated by Designo Dream 2013Skunk Hollow Publishing406 The HillPortsmouth, NH 03802www.SkunkHollowPublishing.comPrinted in United StatesShirley DeLong of Hilton Head Island,South Carolina &Lauren DeLong of York, Maine.ZAP’A’MONSTERShirley&LaurenDeLongAges 3 up
  2. 2. ZAP ‘A’ MONSTERZAP ‘A’ MONSTERShirley DeLong and Lauren DeLong
  3. 3. Zap ‘A’ MonsterCopyright © 2013 Skunk Hollow PublishingAll rights reserved.Shirley & Lauren DeLong Illustrated by Designo DreamISBN: 978-0-9894180-2-7Skunk Hollow Publishing406 The HillPortsmouth, NH 03802www.SkunkHollowPublishing.com
  4. 4. Hello out there. My name is Mike. I’m just a kid like you trying to figure things outand find my way. I spend a ton of time thinking about monsters. Do you?
  5. 5. Do you ever get scared when it’s time for bed? Sure, everything is hunky-doryonce I’m asleep, but it’s scary when the lights go out. Yikes, anything couldbe hiding in that closet or under that bed! Who’s that looking in the window? Iprobably shouldn’t insist that Mom or Dad read the book Where the Wild ThingsAre by Maurice Sendak every night. Who wouldn’t get freaked out by the thoughtof monsters, where they may lurk, and the tricks they might play after spendingso much time thinking about all the types of monsters that might exist?
  6. 6. Well, I’ve determined that monsters are just funny fellows who like to play tricks.
  7. 7. I just know that they play all sorts of silly tricks on me after I fall asleep. Oh, arethey ever full of all sorts of funny tricks.
  8. 8. When the lights go out, it’s so quiet I can hear monsters breathing under my bed.I even can smell stinky monster breath creeping out from under my bed. Are theycrunching on Oreos or peanut butter crackers? I hope they have enough.
  9. 9. I tried everything under the sun—or, really, everything under the moon to get thethought of monsters out of my head.
  10. 10. I tried my sister’s old Barbie nightlight, but that just made the tree outside mywindow look like a scary, old, crunching, munching monster.I tried making sure that the closet was 100 percent closed, but somehow thatright door always creaked open, and I was sure it was the dirty-clothes-dragon-breath monster lurking in there.I tried sleeping on my side so I’d only see my wall, but the lamp in the cornerlooked like an eight-legged, slimy-octopus, kid-spooking monster with supersizesuction cups.I tried closing my eyes super-duper tight, but that just made me see all thosecolored spots that looked like bity fire ants and spiders (or a bunch of Cyclopsstaring at me).I tried pulling the covers over my head, but then I couldn’t breathe, which mademy heart pound so hard I could hear it in my throat. It sounded like a fifty-footogre stomping down the hallway to double-bounce me on my bed.
  11. 11. What can I do… a weapon or a bomb? No, they don’t work because themonsters are too big. Maybe a garden hose, no mom would yell at me if I soakedmy bedroom.
  12. 12. No wait, maybe a spray. Yes, that is it a spray, a vaporizing Zap-A-MonsterSpray! That would do it. But I don’t know anything about science and making. OhI know…
  13. 13. What about Molly? If anyone could concoct Zap-A-Monster Spray it is Molly. Yes,that is it! My neighbor, Molly, just got a science kit for her birthday! We used herkit to make all sorts of awesome things like a volcano, crystals, slithery slime, andeven stink bombs.
  14. 14. If we could make all that, what about Zap-A-Monster Spray? Brilliant! How coolwould it be to have a spray to use before bedtime that would keep those awfulmonsters out of your room for good?
  15. 15. Molly is one of my best friends. She has crazy curly brown hair and the best treehouse in the neighborhood. Most of my friends don’t like girls but I think Molly isthe coolest. She is the most creative mad scientist I know. Her tree house is likea James Bond hideout with a drop down rope ladder, listening station, telescopedefense system, easy bake oven and water balloon launching pad from the roof.Molly can run up that rope ladder and pull it up after her faster than anyone I know.
  16. 16. I shared my plan with Molly and she was in! Molly and I headed off to Molly’stree house destined to create our very own Zap-A-Monster Spray. Watch outMonsters! No more trick playing on us once we make our Zap-A-Monster Spray!
  17. 17. Now to get to work. Hmmm, what could we use to vaporize a monster? Lava,crystals, slime balls, stink bombs? Molly said, “Wait, what about something fromFarmer Jim’s field?” Oh yeah, if you wind down the trail behind our house iteventually opens up at Farmer Jim’s. Famer Jim always wants to share with usanything he grows. He had rows and rows of all kinds of crops.
  18. 18. Molly’s favorite out of all of Famer Jim’s crops was lavender. She always said,“Lavender had magical powers that could calm the wildest of wild”. My favoritewas the spearmint; I just loved making my own spearmint gum by mashing up abunch of leaves into a gummy mess. Mom always said it cleared her nose andmade her breath smell minty fresh. I once fit 35 spearmint leaves into my mouthat once, a record that has never been beaten.
  19. 19. I wonder if we could concoct a winning formula from Farmer Jim’s field. After all,there was enough in Farmer Jim’s field that we could make a lifelong supply ofZap-A-Monster Spray for everyone we knew. Hmmm, know we just need to figureout the concoction that would work.
  20. 20. Molly and I got all of our scientist gear out and then put on our spy gear to go toFarmer Jim’s to gather our Lavendar and Spearmint. We stuffed our pillow caseswith more lavender and spearmint than you’ve ever seen. We used Molly’s tripleload reducing pully system and trap door to haul up our materials.
  21. 21. We worked all through the weekend and into the night concocting the perfectvaporizing Zap-A-Monster Spray.
  22. 22. I couldn’t wait to try it that night. Before I knew it, Mom said, “Time for bed!” Forthe first time in my life, I wasn’t scared one little bit.
  23. 23. And sure enough right before the lights went out the moment had come. I sawthe shadows and heard the giggling of those silly monsters about to play a trickon me. I slipped my finger to the top of the spray bottle, reached straight out inthe direction of the monster and then…
  24. 24. I sprayed three quick bursts. The droplets of Zap-A-Monster Spray completelyengrossed the area where I imagined the monster and then it happened. Allthe little droplets of spray clung to the monsters slippery spotted skin and spuninto little cyclones of vaporizing magic. And poof, right before my eyes the sillymonster must have vaporized just like that. Yes, yes, yeeeeees!
  25. 25. Now I actually can’t wait to go to bed each night armed with my Zap-A-MonsterSpray. I confidently spray my Zap-A-Monster Spray and then drift off to sleepwithout a worry in the world.Bring it on, monsters! I’m not afraid of your silly tricks! Zap Those Monsters!
  26. 26. Meet Mike and Molly, young neighbors and a dynamic duo trying to fig-ure out whether monsters are real. Mike struggles to find a way to getrid of his monster fears forever, but none of them work—well, not untilhe and Molly use the science kit she got for her birthday to concoct thefirst-ever Zap-A-Monster Spray. You’ll laugh and be captivated by theidea that all the monsters are just funny fellows who like to play tricks.Wait until you see how Mike and Molly save the day—or the nightrather—with their Zap-A-Monster Spray. No child will want to turn thelights out at night without his or her very own Zap-A-Monster Spray.Bring it on, monsters! We know how to get rid of you!Visit Mike & Molly at www.SkunkHollowPublishing.com for fun activities.As a mother-daughter team, we had so much fun creating this bookadventure together that our smile muscles still hurt, and we think yourswill too. We know our story will help spray away any anxiousness be-fore bedtime and ensure sweet dreams. Our hope is that Zap-A-Mon-ster will delight children and parents.Illustrated by Designo Dream 2013Skunk Hollow Publishing406 The HillPortsmouth, NH 03802www.SkunkHollowPublishing.comPrinted in United StatesShirley DeLong of Hilton Head Island,South Carolina &Lauren DeLong of York, Maine.ZAP’A’MONSTERShirley&LaurenDeLongAges 3 up

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