More Impossible Tales


A Few months ago I reviewed a self published title. Not something I, or many bloggers, often do (rightly or wrongly), but Eric Appleby: Zero to Hero written by Dan Worsley is good, really really good and as Book Monsters is about recommending great books it deserved a place on the site. You can read the review here:
– Eric Appleby Book Monster Review

As a result of thoroughly enjoying Eric and becoming a fully fledged member of Team Eric I read Impossible Tales which is a collection of short stories also by Dan and also absolutely wonderful. And now, after a lot of hard work by Dan Worsley we welcome onto the bookshelves More Impossible Tales!

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Tommy V Cancer – Zombies & Copy Cat

Tommy V Cancer

Welcome to the Book Monster leg of the #TommyVCancer blog tour. I was glad to be able to post my blog on Father’s Day because, although Tommy’s battle with cancer has been heartbreaking to read, among it all his blog post about his son Arran really touched me. It is incredibly heartfelt and caring and showed what a wonderful father this man is. Please do take the time to read it here:
– TommyVCancer Blog – Arran

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Dave Pigeon


Pigeons. Referred to as “flying rats”. I’ve often sat in Sheffield city centre watching the walking wounded pigeons limp and hop around, always on the look out for a scrap or two. I must admit to having a bit of a soft spot for the plucky little guys!

So, when I was offered the chance to read Dave Pigeon, written by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsy and published by Faber and Faber I was keen, just a little bit … just a LOT!

However, I had an initial reservation! I am a cat lover, crazy cat lady, if you will. And so faced with a book titled: ‘Dave Pigeon: How to Deal with Bad Cats and Keep (most of) Your Feathers’ I was admittedly worried. Who would I side with? The lovable downtrodden underdog pigeons? Or the cute cuddly adorable cats?

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Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits


Last year the wonderfully talented illustrator Jim Field was putting out little teaser pictures from this book on Twitter, and from these alone I decided I needed to get it. I was expecting another one of Jim’s marvellous picture books, so what a surprise it was, a pleasant one, to find it was actually something a little bit different, a shorter novel for younger readers.

This is Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits written by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field and published by Hodder Children’s.

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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright


The Many Worlds of Albie Bright written by Christopher Edge, cover art by Matt Saunders and published by Nosy Crow was chosen as the Kid Lit Reader’s February book club choice and what a great choice this was.

It tells the story of Albie, who was sadly lost his mother to cancer as soon as we launch into reading the story. He is struggling to come to terms with the situation, he can’t cry, can’t grieve, can’t really seem to accept that she’s gone.

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Eric Appleby! Zero to Hero


Happy New Year to all my wonderful blog followers and readers. I hope 2016 brings you wonderful things.

I would like to say that it has already brought me some wonderful reading material!! I have lots of great reviews coming up this year, and to begin with it’s in the form of Eric Appleby! Zero to Hero. Written by Dan Worsley and illustrated by Martin Spore.

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Book Monster’s Best Bites of 2015!


We have reached the end of 2015! And what a year it has been for children’s publishing, some truly fantastic books out there for all ages, abilities and interests! Book Monsters is new to the blogging World, only starting in September, so I haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s out there this year, however, I know what I have seen has been really truly spectacular, and I wanted to write a post to recognise some of the wonderful books I’ve seen and share my Book Monster top reads with you.

This has been a huge challenge to write only because I don’t really know where to begin. I’ve seen and read so many fantastic books this year, and they all deserve a mention, every single one, but then we’d be here all day and I’m sure you want to eat and maybe sleep too, at some point.

SO, first up, my top picture books of 2015 (and a shout out to some other amazing picture books below)!


Grrrrr! by Rob Biddulph – “It is so nice to have a book which focuses on doing something nice, just to be nice, with no other agenda or motive. The little animals in this book, come together to help Fred out, just because.!”

Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale by Fred Blunt – “This book is right up there with my favourites of 2015 and is a must own. A beautifully illustrated pirate adventure, with laughs and non-stop action. Honestly a joyous read that all the family can get pleasure from!”

Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony – “The limited text allows room for lots of discussion about what’s happening in the story and why the panda may not be happy. For teaching about manners at home or in a classroom environment you just could not find better than this book.”

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield – “The writing is stunning, and pulls you gently headfirst into this enchanting story, but the illustrations are something else altogether! I truly believe this to be the most beautifully put together picture book I have seen for many years.”

Little Bell and the Moon by Giles Paley-Phillips and Iris Deppe – “Giles, Iris and Fat Fox Books have created a real gem here. An emotional heart gripping, quality book that I know will be recommending to people in years to come.”


Of course I couldn’t include every book in this list, and so would like to give an extra mention to the wonderful Ruth Thorpe (and Sarah Mahfoudh who wrote Lily Mae) for her series of books The Squawkers, Lily Mae and Squiggle Bee, a set of books with wonderful storytelling and graphic style illustrations. Perfect as a gift set and not to be missed.RuthThorp

We can’t forget course gorgeous The Zoomers’ Handbook, a really quirky treat from husband and wife team Ana and Thiago De Moraes.


And finally, a picture book specifically for adults out there, the fantastic Beautiful Trees by Nik Perring. A special treasure of a book which will have you intrigued and emotional in equal measure.


Next up, our fiction novels category. Again a wide variety of brilliant books to choose from. Here our our Book Monster Top for 2015!



Mango & Bambang the Not-a-Pig by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy – “I know many of our little library visitors who will love to read this gorgeous book and do look forward to more in the future as I feel Mango and Bambang are a duo that could become a very much loved series of books!”

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre – “Pugs of the Frozen North is funny, not just a bit funny, but really really funny. It tickled bones I didn’t know I had. The humour is in the words and pictures together in equal measure. However don’t be fooled by this, it’s a light, fun read, but it’s also a tale full of heart and feeling.”

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson – “The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair is an incredibly emotional read, all because of Lara’s perfectly crafted characters, writing and storytelling. A story of friendship, love, loss and so much more, touching on subjects rarely addressed.”

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould – “It’s poignant, filled with tragedy, kindness, love and profound moments that will make your heart ache. Matt Haig is the master at this. But from the sadness and heartbreak comes something quite special and magical … the impossible.”

Last, but certainly not least, Book Monster non-fiction favourites for 2015.Non-Fiction


Things you Find in a Poet’s Beard by A.F. Harrold and Chris Riddell – “This book is a joy from the beardy front cover to the final sleepy rhyme. Packed full of a wide variety of poems, it would be a perfect book for school use, performance poetry and also to read just because!”

Never Nudge a Budgie! by Colin West – “Colin is a genius at taking every day situations that we all identify with, and slipping in a little element of silly! This is an ideal read for the family, children young and old, completely daft, completely brilliant.”

Shakleton’s Journey by William Grill – “Shackleton’s Journey is not only a fascinating tale of adventure and history but it is an poignant one of comradeship and survival.”

Flo of the Somme by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey – “I think every library and every school should hold this series of charming books by Hilary and Martin. They are exquisitely written and illustrated, and educate about a really important part of our history.”

There you have it, our Book Monster Best Bites for 2015!! There were so many delightful books to to pick from, and next year is sure to be even more wonderful! In the meantime, while you wait, why not tuck into these little beauties.

Thank you so much for all your support in 2015, and see you next year. :)

Over and out….


Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House


Happy nearly Halloween! What better way to celebrate than a couple of spooktacular reviews. The next one will be coming up soon.

First up, Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy.

Now, I’m  going to be honest here, I have been a little bit (quite a lot) obsessed with Shirley Hughes from a very very young age we’re talking pre-school here, so for 20 *cough* years. My signed Dogger is one of my very most treasured possessions!

Just relatively recently I have discovered her wonderful daughter Clara Vulliamy who is an incredibly talented illustrator. Mango and Bambang is one of her more recent releases with Polly Faber and it is superb (Book Monster Review here: Mango and Bambang)! So put Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy together for a series of stories and you have an explosion of booky goodness!

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