By Author / Illustrator
Anna Kemp, Sara Ogilvie
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.
PRAISE FOR THE WORST PRINCESS:
'Those sick of the cult of pink princesses will appreciate this quirky take on the traditional princess tale... A very funny new picture book' The Bookseller Children's Buyers Guide
'Told in verse, and wonderfully illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, this picture book is so funny it could be safely recommended for all ages' The Independent on Sunday
PRAISE FOR DOGS DON'T DO BALLET:
'This heart-warming and humorous story will help children to realise that everyday, including themselves, can surprise with an unexpected talent' Read Me
'This is a parent and child read together, laugh together and have fun with picture, story and words sort of a book' School Librarian
PRAISE FOR RHINOS DON'T EAT PANCAKES:
'Offers a good-humoured warning to parents who don't listen... The massive, full-colour pictures make this a delicious book' The Independent on Sunday
'Anna Kemp's heart-warming story is told simply but with humour and emotion. And at the hands of Sara Ogilvie, all the characters are brought expressively to life.' The Scotsman
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+