Friday, 2 September 2016

MONSTERSAURUS by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort - reviewed by Damian Harvey

The creative partnership of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort hardly needs any introduction for buyers of picture books – they being the force behind the hugely popular ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and others in the series. With ‘MONSTERSAURUS’ though, there’s not a pair of pants in sight and for that reason the book may easily be missed which I think would be a shame as it’s lots of fun.

The hero of this story is a young inventor called Monty. “Monty LOVES inventing. BUT things don’t always work” and lots of his inventions go wrong. When Monty finds a book that has instructions on how to create a monster friend he can’t wait to give it a go. He drops the ingredients into his machine and “WHOOSH!” out comes a disgusting slobbery “Bogablog!”. Not to be put off, Monty tries again and “POOF!” out comes a “Dust Monster”. When the two monsters start to fight, it’s up to Monty to put things right. He grabs his book one more time and “KAPOW!” out comes a “big, bad MONSTERSAURUS.”

As always, Claire Freedman’s rhyming text works well and is great to read out loud, while Ben Cort’s bright, colourful spreads add to the fun - making this a real monster of a book to share with little monsters everywhere; and one that will stand a good few revisits at bed time or in the classroom.

Reviewed by Damian Harvey
Twitter @damianjharvey


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