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Saturday 12 December 2015

Review: The Big Monster Snoreybook

My goodness, this is a dull book. Nothing much happening here. Nothing at all, in fact.


The problem is, you see, everyone is fast asleep (that's why it's called a 'snoreybook'). But if you want to keep reading, so be it. Go ahead. Be bored.

For those who have nothing else to do, and actually read on, they'll soon meet Norris. He's a big purple monster with stripy horns and knobbly knees.

Jemima and Barbara are here, too. Fast asleep. But, dear reader, I do believe that before they fell asleep, and before you arrived, they were actually talking about YOU.

There's also Tony, Fiona, Brian. Just boring, big, sleeping monsters until .. uh-oh!

A noisy alarm clock!!

Lucky for you, big monsters don't each little children. But they do eat little monsters ... little narrating monsters ...

This book is kooky personified. Loads of dry, funny humour as our little protagonist skips through the pages, navigating (quite bravely, I might add) his own propensity to cause drama (where perhaps there is none; is that not always the way?).

Gorgeous illustrations, beautifully laid out and designed (though it eternally confounds me why typesetters choose to put dark text on dark backgrounds) are typical of Hodgkinson's fabulous work, and the use of varied typeface and onomatopoeia, make for a striking book that's loads of fun to read out loud.

Title: The Big Monster Snoreybook
Author/Illustrator: Leigh Hodgkinson
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $13.99 RRP
Publication Date: 21 October 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780857633316
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book