Dave the Lonely Monster

Dave the Lonely Monster

By Author / Illustrator

Anna Kemp, Sara Ogilvie


Friends and family

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Simon & Schuster Ltd




Paperback / softback




Monstrous beasts have feelings too!  This lively story of a lonely monster called Dave, who lives all alone in a retirement cave, is a lighthearted reminder that we should treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves - and that we could all do with a bit more monster in our lives!   Another classic-in-the-making all about kindness from the unbeatable duo of brilliant author Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilive, illustrator of The Detective Dog.



Dave is a lonely monster who was once the terror of the town, until banished to Echo Rock. Now Dave is old and lonely, with only his bass guitar for friendship and sock knitting for fun. Knights come and poke fun of him but he is no longer interested. Until one day a very small and brave knight called Percival meets Dave. They become friends and Dave is lonely no more. When the village becomes bored, they try to capture and bait Dave, Percival stands up for him in front of the village. With his bass guitar Dave plays the best Monster Rave for the bored villagers and they all become friends! The story is vibrant and fun and the illustrations lend massively to the story. The idea of having a rhyming story helps with the flow and engages readers, trying to guess what the words might be. I thought Dave the Lonely Monster was a hilarious book with lots of hidden jokes for the adults in the illustrations. It has something for everyone and explores lots of different themes. But while it is certainly a fun story to share, Dave the Lonely Monster also gives young children a gentle introduction to the idea of difference and loneliness, and making sure that everyone is looked after when they need help. Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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