Monster hunting is not for everyone but after single-handedly bringing down an ogre, Jack is recruited as the latest in a storied line of monster hunters. With trouble brewing in King’s Nooze, Jack and Stoop, a two-hundred-year-old troll, head off to Cornwall to put a stop to havoc-causing ogres. Equipped with a catapult, his wits and a sense of adventure, will Jack be the hero the villagers need…
Ian Mark’s debut children’s fantasy bursts with adventure, revels in silliness and features a whole lot of monsters (that are mostly causing chaos). With a fresh twist on many favourite fairy-tales, Monster Hunting for Beginners is a monstrously fun read that will forever change your views on monsters. Bulging with action, moments of danger and with a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters, readers will find themselves pulled into the mayhem and relishing what will come next - terrible aunts, enormous ogres, friendly bears, impossible dragons.
In a world full of monsters, brave heroes are required to keep the peace and to protect us from the terrors that are hiding in the dark corners of the earth. Jack is not the kind of kid that you’d expect to be doing any of this; he is scrawny, wears glasses, his hair hangs over his eyes and he is rather clumsy - a relatable and everyday hero if ever there was one. As for the monster hunting, that isn’t as straight forward as it sounds, especially with a strict code of conduct and umpteen rules to abide by. The days of savagely killing monsters are long gone, now it’s all about capture and rehabilitate - honestly, where’s the fun in that?
With short and irresistibly fast-paced chapters, hilarious footnotes and featuring awesome illustrations by Louis Ghibault, readers will gobble this up in one delicious bite and will be left hungry for more. Adding to the monster mayhem are pages from the ‘Monster Hunting for Beginners’ guidebook so everyone can tell a Crusted Hairy Snot Snibbler from a Giant Fartdoodle and a Hullalbaloo from a Knick-Knack.
Reading about monsters has never been so much fun. Perfect for apprentice monster hunters!
Recommended for 8+.