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I had my son listen to this story. I told him I needed a kid's perspective for my review. It is virtually impossible to get him to settle down for a quiet reading time together but this tactic seems to work. . . (tip for desperate for idea parents).
Immediately he liked the artwork. That is a good sign. Then we started to read. Billy is with his family for Christmas. Everyone comes together at Christmas. No matter where they live, they show up for the family holiday. Billy is especially excited to see what his uncle will bring. Billy's uncle always gets the best presents!
A family game of hide n seek ensues. Billy is the counter. The family hides. When Billy is done counting he opens the refrigerator to get a gold snack. He reaches deeper and deeper until he is in a whole new world. Billy meets two new friends who take him to their house for Christmas dinner. He eats with the family because he is hungry. Expecting more than a bowl of soup for a meal he is disappointed. Then Billy's monster friends open their presents. Billy learns from the monsters that Christmas is not about what we 'get' but who we get to be with and that is the most important gift.
Billy reaches back into the refrigerator and tries to grab a golden nut. He can't reach so he reaches further until he is out of the fridge and back in his own family home. Billy thanks his uncle for the gift. He has learned a very valuable lesson.
This story is upsurd. That is what makes it so fun! Although the story line is far fetched (I've never met anyone in my fridge), it is a lot of fun. Kids will learn the valuable lesson the monster family teaches. My son who is growing up much too quickly said that little kids will like this book. He said he is not a little kid, but I know that he enjoyed it as well. (My son is 11). The book is short and written for kids up to about age 9. Today David Chuka is offering Billy and Monster's Golden Christmas free on Kindle. Grab a copy at the link below. If you don't have a Kindle device, you can download the free app that is attached to read Kindle books on virtually any device.