Sunday, 7 October 2012

Tamara Small and the Monsters’ Ball Review

Giles Paley-Phillips is a very talented author and this book is no exception.  If anything I think he has excelled himself here.  This is the perfect book for my two boys aged 3 and 5.


For them monsters are mysterious and ever so frightening.  They get anxious that I check under the bed, on top of wardrobes (seriously a monster would develop asthma with the amount of dust if it decided to lurk there!!!) and behind curtains before they go to sleep.

So I did wonder how we would get on with this book, I thought it might spook them before bedtime.  But it has actually turned into the perfect bedtime story, a remedy for their night time anxiety.  They now think of monsters as fun loving partygoers’ not creepy things. 

These monsters are kind and considerate to the little girl character, even presenting her with a special parting gift of a cake made of slime (and one thing monsters don’t tend to share is slime, so that was very generous of them!).

The rhyming text and colourful illustrations really set this book out as an excellent choice for children, whatever time of year.  But I do recommend getting a copy in preparation for Halloween, as it is a great book to whip out to calm any nerves before trick and treating.  With an assortment of monsters featured (werewolf, Dracula, goblin, ghosts and even a giant snake!) whatever they feared they might now accept…

Head over to Amazon to purchase a copy for £6.29, you can even sit the children down if your having a Halloween party for a spot of story time.  It’s a lot less wet than all that apple bopping business!

1 comment:

  1. Lara's just started occasionally worrying about 'monsters', so this looks perfect. Thanks for pointing me in the direction.

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