Zoe loves science, especially building robots. Her parents send her to the Advanced School of Technology to develop her science skills, but also in hopes that she will make friends. Zoe, who has come to believe that friends will only disappoint her, has no interest in making any. When she finds a mysterious ring, she puts it on and the next day an enormous monster appears at her window. The monster wants to help her with her friendship problem, but then other monsters arrive and their need to eat may destroy the city.
Zoe is a endearing heroine. Along with her robot, B-4, which she built, she uses her science knowledge to figure out what to do with the monster. In addition to fighting off monsters, she learns about friendship. Although she first believes her robot is the only friend she needs, she realizes that real-life friends are important and necessary, too.
There is enough action and humor to keep young readers engaged in this story. There's a great message about friendship to make it a meaningful read, as well.
Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy of Monster Mayhem.