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Friday, 24 October 2014

Review: Monster Chef

Nick Bland's iconic books are renowned for their gorgeous illustrations, charming characters and crowd-pleasing antics. It's little wonder his books are frequently chosen for National Simultaneous Story Time--his books have the perfectly blending of read-out-loud perfection, and audience response.

Monster Chef is no exception.

In it, we meet Marcel the monster, who, like all good monsters should, goes to work nightly as a Child Frightener. The only problem is, he's not very good at his job. Kids love him. There is simply no frightening to be had.

Feeling a consistent failure, Marcel takes comfort in whipping up horrendous, stomach-turning meals in his kitchen--creations of truly abominable ingredients, from smelly socks to cockroaches and sludge. What Marcel could never imagine is that his gourmet 'delights' might just become the scare-a-child tool he's been looking for.

Monster Chef is a visual delight. It's packed with delectably emotive faces and reactions that will have children entranced. The humour is over-the-top funny and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud. And the brilliant ending (I'm fussy about endings) will also elicit giggles.

Another Bland winner.

Title: Monster Chef
Author/Illustrator: Nick Bland
Publisher: Scholastic Press, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781742838250
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book

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