A monster with a one-track mind meets his match in an elderly lady called Mrs Mo. With Mrs Mo’s help, the monster is surprised to discover that he can do more than he ever thought – but that’s not the only surprise Mrs Mo has in store…
I don’t know who was anticipating the arrival of this book more – me or Tiny. Regardless, we were both pretty excited when it arrived, and the packaging was ripped off faster than you can say Mrs Mo’s Monster.
New Zealand-based Paul Beavis’ debut picture book is an absolute delight – to read, and to look at. I am in love with the monster, who is utterly adorable, even when destroying Mr and Mrs Mo’s prized possessions; the illustrations are bright and full of life, and the monster’s facial expressions are perfect. You can see more of the delightful illustration process on the book’s Facebook page.
As the Gecko Press sales point states: children will enjoy it so much they won’t realise they’re being taught good manners. This is so true; we’ve been struggling recently with Tiny barely looking up from his Lego when someone comes to the house (be it Daddy, his grandparents, or a friend), and this book has enabled us to gently teach him that saying “hello” is the nicest, most polite way to greet someone when they arrive.
Mrs Mo’s Monster has joined the ranks of bedtime favourites here, and I think it would appeal to many children aged three-years and older.
This review copy was provided to us by the lovely team at Gecko Press, but all opinions expressed here are my own.