When my five-year-old niece saw the cover of this book she immediately wanted to build her own little monster. Out came the play dough, lots of talk about little monsters (of which she is the most awesome of ones) and a bit of story-time with this monstrously fun read.
Zac and his cousin Essie love Saturdays. Saturdays mean a day with Granny Mo who turns everything sunny and makes grumbles pop like bubbles. The cousins have been helping Granny Mo find the perfect pet but none are quite right. Cats are too zoomy, snakes are a bit tricky, house rabbits are rather nibbly, chickens are messy and axolotls from Mexico just stare. It looks as if Granny Mo will never find a suitable pet until a trip to the riverbank for a spot of mudlarking uncovers a very strange little creature and pet hunting becomes the least of the problems…
I smiled throughout as I read Granny’s Little Monsters, it reminded me of all the fond memories I have of good times with my own grannies. Days with granny are special, they are times when the normal rules don’t apply, when homework and household jobs are replaced with unequivocal fun and in Zac and Essie’s case, pet testing, treasure hunting and chasing mud monsters.
Mischief, mayhem and family fun are in abundance in this delightful read from the brilliant Karen McCombie. With a fun-loving and full-of-energy Granny Mo leading the way, readers will have great fun joining Zac and Essie for a weekend like no other. Problem pets causing all kinds of mischief are just the start of the shenanigans in this lively story as a day out searching for treasure in the mud turns into a calamitous chase as the third and newest little monster runs riot in Granny’s home.
Told over nine quick-fire and eventful chapters, the brilliantly bonkers story will easily keep the attention of readers and will have them begging to read just a little bit more. Adding to the fun are awesome illustrations from Lee Cosgrove. Like all Barrington Stoke books, this is produced using dyslexic friendly font and page tint ensuring a read that is accessible to every reader.
Whilst I won’t be partaking in any mudlarking myself I cannot say that children won’t be begging to be taken to the sand banks to do a bit of hunting in the mud at low tide. After all, there’s treasure to be found and who knows, if you’re lucky, maybe even a little mud monster.
With huge thanks to the peeps at Barrington Stoke for this fun story.
Recommended for 7+.