Reviewed for Second Grade, 2007

Everybody loves a goofy monster. In this combination puzzle/card game kids race to see who can collect the right parts cards to make their monster whole. Players can pick from the deck, the garbage pile, or trade cards with other players. The act of trading is a great lesson in taking turns, sharing and negotiation. Children will love the biographical facts in the "Meet the Monsters" book, and parents will love the educational value of the puzzle, which helps practice problem solving and deductive reasoning skills. (Buffalo Games, 2-5 players, $6.95)