Monster and Boy, oh my, what a fun little book for me to review. So quick and easy to read, it will be perfect for children just getting out of picture books and looking to branch out to chapter books. A cosy, fun book sure to please. Let me show you what this review book is all about.
About Monster and Boy
Raincoast BooksFrom the cover: When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), Boy starts to scream – and Monster promptly swallows him. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
And so we are off on the first adventure of Monster and Boy. Hannah Barnaby writes with a warm and cozy voice. You’ll find illustrations throughout, mostly line drawings in black with green overlays. It is a fun book geared to intrigue young readers with humour and adventure.
Published by Henry Holt and Company books for young readers. An ARC copy reviewed for Raincoast Books.
This fantastic book is not in any way a difficult read. I’m not going to say that all the words are simple, but most of them are ones that most lower elementary children should know.
Simple two-toned illustrations by Anoosha Syed conveyed the emotions and actions of the monster and the boy. You will find illustrations on each of 144 pages of this 14 chapter book. I loved the simplicity of the drawings and how they conveyed so much: laughter, fear, sadness, and mischievous. It’s all right there. Such a fun read for children 6-9 years old.
One of the things I most appreciated in Monster and Boy is that both had lessons to learn in the adventure they had together. It was not one-sided,
I loved how the author liberally used humour. I can well imagine the guffaws of laughter I would hear if I read this book aloud with a group of children. My son would have been chuckling in his seat at this age.
Should you Get it?
Should you buy Monster and Boy? I am SO reluctant to buy books for youngsters as they tend to short-lived loves. BUT would I buy this as a birthday, vacation, keep busy, Christmas, and/or you’ve been a good child book? Certainly! It’s such a fun read, and so easy for young readers. It will be fun to see what Barnaby does with the rest of the series.