tr. from German by Oliver Latsch. illus. by Cornelia Funke. 112p. ebook available. Random. Nov. 2015. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780385375481; lib. ed. $12.99. ISBN 9780385375504.
Gr 2–4—Ruffleclaw is a shaggy, red earth monster who lives in a burrow under an old tool shed, but unlike his friends Shaggystink and Wormtooth, who think humans are disgusting, Ruffleclaw is inexplicably drawn to the bright lights and jingly music of the human house. So one night when his friends are off digging up woodlice for dinner, Ruffleclaw decides to sneak off to live with the humans. Tommy, the young boy, soon decides he'd like to keep Ruffleclaw, but convincing his mother that the spitting, shampoo-eating, smelly monster would make a good pet is another matter altogether. Spot illustrations by the author add to the humor of Funke's text.
VERDICT This is a winningly unique chapter book starring a lovable monster with whom young readers will empathize.

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