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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Review: Raymund and the Fear Monster

Raymund is afraid of many things. He could fall climbing trees, drown swimming in the river, and get hurt playing soccer. 

But most of all he fears nightfall. That’s when the monster prowls their village.

It thrives on fear and has gained gigantic proportions, satisfying its hunger from the children’s reaction to his presence.

Small in stature, and made fun of by the village children, Raymund is answered with laughter when he asks to join them to face the monster. He believes he has the courage needed.

Raymund is determined to overcome the fear he feels. He has worked out a way. Can he succeed in staring the monster down?

Powerful portrayal of fear is presented in both text and illustrations. Higginson’s prose is direct and positive. Ester De Boer, using fine liner pens and watercolour pencils, has employed intricate detail to portray the passion and confidence the monster has in controlling the children through fear. Images of the children at play, and close-ups of Raymund, add poignancy to the scenes and double spreads.

The artwork displaying the trees in the forest is exceptionally beautiful. The spreading roots in the ground and the splayed out branches above, juxtapose the children’s fear magnified, with the monster’s insatiable appetite.

Title: Raymund and the Fear Monster
Author: Megan Higginson
Illustrator: Ester De Boer
Publisher: Blue Brumby Books, $20.00
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 97805483381
For ages: 5 - 8
Type: Picture Book


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