The Monster who wasn’t

There are times when I wish I grew up during this millenium, and times I am thankful I didn’t. Some may argue the bookworm in me is still a child in some ways. And for that I am thankful. Kids nowadays have so many great options when it comes to books, and amongst those great options lies the amazing world of Magical Realism

This book is a great entry point for a young teenager looking for a little more magic in the world.

Ideal read for 10 to 13 yr old experienced readers, as the language level is quite developed. It is also a great book to help develop your child’s vocabulary through imaginative storytelling.

The story line starts off as an hunchback of Notre Dame inspired story, but develops into more. This narrative is quite easy to follow, and the characters quite lovable. I loved the easily distinguishable voices of each character, bringing that little extra to the story.

If your kid likes fantasy realism and you don’t mind religious boundaries being challenged (Angels and monsters and fairies etc) I highly recommend this book. If you liked books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Cat in the Hat this might be right up your alley.

Synopsis

A brilliantly rich and strange fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters – be they good, bad or somewhere in between.

It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby’s first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being …

This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy – much to the disgust of everyone watching. Even the grumpy gargoyles who adopt him and nickname him ‘Imp’ only want him to steal chocolate for them from the nearby shops. He’s a child with feet in both worlds, and he doesn’t know where he fits.

But little does Imp realise that Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a great and dangerous destiny in mind for him, and he’ll stop at nothing to see it come to pass … 

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