Ten Terrific Monsters: A Hidden Item Book

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Join Willie the wolf and the nine other monsters he met in the unemployment line and see all the things they did after they left the line in this hidden item book. Ten Terrific Monsters features over one hundred items to look for in ten different scenes. Children and adults alike will enjoy all the hidden items found within these pages.

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Maxine’s Happy Trails: A Truck Story by Chris Mason is an exciting book with a trucker slant to it that takes readers on an exciting journey along with the truck. The wheels on the truck go round and round all across the country, and the wipers go swish, swish. The reefers on the truck go hum, hum, hum, and the city horn goes beep, beep, beep all across the country. The air brakes go hiss, hiss, hiss and the doors on the trailer open and shut. The big horn on the truck goes honk, honk, honk, and the driver on the truck goes whistle, whistle all across the country.

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Ten Little Monsters Standing in a Line by Chris Mason was a cute book. The book is similar to the song “Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” Instead of monkeys, there are monsters waiting in line at the unemployment office. I chose to read Ten Little Monsters Standing in a Line with my 5-year-old daughter because the monkey song is one of her favorites. She sort of liked the story. She was confused as to why the monsters were in a line for an unemployment office. I had to explain to her what an unemployment office was and what it does. However, she did like the illustrations in the book. She thought the monsters were cute looking.

I thought the book was different and also sort of liked it. I liked the idea of the cute monsters and that it would help kids to learn how to count. Mason covered all of the classic monsters in this book like Godzilla and the Blob. I would have preferred for Mason to make them stand in a line that was geared more for kids, such as a cafeteria line or even a line for detention. The wording did not flow as smoothly as I would have liked, but it was still funny as to why each monster left the line. Overall, it is a nice book. Any book that helps kids learn to count in a new way is good in my eyes. If you like the monster classics, then this book might be for you.
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Willie the wolf finds himself stuck in the unemployment line with nine other monsters. He used to be a successful movie star but due to circumstances out of his control he finds himself now without a job. As it gets dark Willie and his friends leave and each one goes their own separate ways.

As the group parts goes off to their own we are able to learn more about Willie and his friends in their own home environment. Each character features a special hidden item puzzle adventure. The beautifully created illustrations allow us to discover more about this delightful cast of characters.

Ten Terrific Monsters: A Hidden Item Book by Chris Mason takes children into the world of Willie the Wolf. He welcomes readers into his space where there are nine other monsters, all waiting in a line at the unemployment office. Willie takes readers to different places and asks for their help in finding the hidden items with the help of answer keys. Whether they are with Boris the Blob when he is having dinner, or at Gabbie the Ghost's party, or the Amazon, or Willie’s home, readers will have a great time looking for the hidden items in these places.

The book is original and unique and children will love searching for the items mentioned in the answer keys for each place. The illustrations are bright and colorful and make the scenes lively and vivid. It’s an excellent book for children to enhance their observation skills, and can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The concept is excellent and the book not only teaches readers new words and new things, but also guides them on how to look out for missing items with the help of the clues given. Interactive books and books with a concept help young readers to develop and enhance their observation and thinking skills. It’s also fun searching for the items misplaced in the book and doing it together in a classroom or with friends.
5 star review Reader's Favorite

Willie the wolf finds himself stuck in the unemployment line with nine other monsters. He used to be a successful movie star but due to circumstances out of his control he finds himself now without a job. As it gets dark Willie and his friends leave and each one goes their own separate ways.

As the group parts goes off to their own we are able to learn more about Willie and his friends in their own home environment. Each character features a special hidden item puzzle adventure. The beautifully created illustrations allow us to discover more about this delightful cast of characters.

TEN TERRIFIC MONSTERS: A HIDDEN ITEM BOOK is an exceptional book filled with a host of delightful characters. Each one offers their own special sparkle to make this book appeal to both children and adults. In this one book there is over one hundred items to search for in ten different scenes. This feature will allow children to practice their counting and eye coordination skills.

Chris Mason has proven to me that he is a very talented author who is able to provide fresh and appealing ideas that can be very beneficial to the development of a child’s learning environment. Through the masterful illustrations created by Vladimir Cebu his words take on new meaning as these beautiful illustrations paint memorable scenes that is assured to delight both the child and adult. I highly recommend this book for it can be used as a tool to enhance any child’s overall learning development.

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vera mallard reviewed on on March 13, 2017


In Ten Terrific Monsters, Chris Mason and Vladimir Cebu, created a wonderful seek and find book for child and adult. As a lover of seek and find, I am sure any child would love to have this book. Willie the Wolf and nine of his monster friends spent a long day waiting in the unemployment line. Each monster's return home gives the child a list of objects to find in a picture. The characters are as Willie the Wolf states, "cute as buttons". The list of items well-defined with good illustrations, will entertain even younger children.

With well-developed illustrations and good seek list, any child with supervision will have hours of fun. Depending on the age of the child, this book helps with word recognition, counting, motor skills, and organizational skills. The child using fine motor skills can either circle the items as found in picture or mark off the list. Names are beside the picture of the item giving the child word recognition skills. Counting how many items they found, will help with counting skills, and deciding in what order they will find the items, will help them develop organization skills.


I would not hesitate to buy this book for a child. This is a great book for children and supervising adult to enjoy together. The story-line will appeal to children and the cute monsters will not frighten younger minds. I recommend opening the book on a laptop, iPad, or larger e-reader, as my old eyes had a hard time seeing the smaller pictures on my small e-reader.


Additionally, I purchased this book and at the request of author, chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest children's fiction novel review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, no one influenced my voluntary children's fiction novel review.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
Darleen Wohlfeil reviewed on on Dec. 28, 2016

Ten Terrific Monsters: A Hidden Item Book
By Chris Mason
Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil

I'm a real fan of hidden object puzzles, games, and books, and this one challenged me a bit. Willie the Wolf is an adorable out of work monster waiting in the unemployment line with nine of his spooky buddies. The book captures a day in the life of, or at least a glimpse into the activity of each of his friends. Tucked into each scene is a fun list of random items to uncover. This is a great and entertaining way to develop an astute awareness of our general surroundings by training the eye and mind to peruse together and focus on details with ease.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
B Roman reviewed on on Dec. 19, 2016

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began to read this book. Would it just be a sweet story about cute little characters who take the readers on a journey through their unusual lives (how many monsters go to the unemployment line)? But with each page I found myself more captivated by the humorous text, the intricately creative - and dazzlingly colorful - illustrations, and the challenge for me to “find” all those hidden items in the drawings.
Being spatially challenged myself, I found it quite a task to look beyond the tangible elements of the illustrations and discover the abstract images so brilliantly disguised. But with each new drawing I found myself really getting into it, like a child might, wanting to find as many items as I could as though I would get a gold star from teacher for my success.
Reading the book on a tablet, I did feel hindered because I wanted to see the drawing on one side and the Answer Keys on the other, so I could match them more easily. So if this book is available in print format or a two-page spread display I think that would be an advantage to the reader - or to me, perhaps.
I’m not a teacher or a parent of a young child, but seem to recall kids love this kind of challenge. It gives them a feeling of accomplishment and helps to develop their minds in many important ways. But as a senior, I can see this book to be of value to older readers who want to exercise their brain as a means to fend off the debilities of old age.
Author Chris Mason and illustrator Vladimir Cebu are to be congratulated on a colorful and fun book.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Lorraine Carey reviewed on on Dec. 15, 2016

A Power-Packed Book!

Ten Terrific Monsters is a power-packed book geared to entertain young readers from ages six on up. It is also a great read to for parents or educators. Willie the Wolf and his monster pals are hiding out deep within different illustrations in the shades of ‘Where’s Waldo’. The monsters are quite charming and kid friendly. It should keep youngsters busy for quite a while trying to locate the images asked to find. Children love to do searches for hidden objects. There is a key included in the back of the book so readers can check their progress. This would make a great addition to any child’s home library or primary classroom library.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Jan Marie reviewed on on Nov. 13, 2016

Ten Terrific Monsters is a fun hidden item book. Some of the items you have to look for are funny and kind of challenging, but that could be due to I kind of suck at hidden item books, and my eyesight is going. The illustrations are well crafted, drawn in fine detail. Think Where’s Waldo style. While Ten Terrific Monsters is aimed at children it is overall theme seemed more for adults than kids or at least the YOUNGER kids. I could share this book with my 12 years old more so than I could my 3 years.

Overall Ten Terrific Monster was enjoyable. It was a fun nonchalant read. Adults and older kids will definitely enjoy the movie and cult culture references throughout the book. For example when helping Willie the Wolf one of the items you are looking for is a t-shirt with the words Team Jacob. It was classic.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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