Here at Monster Mummies we love to see all things monster related so when we were offered the opportunity to review a new book called The Monster Machine we jumped at the chance and with Halloween around the corner what a great time to read about monsters.
The Monster Machine is a monster picture book written and beautifully illustrated by Nicola L Robinson, and published by Pavilion Children’s Books.
When I first received The Monster Machine to review the first thing that I noticed was the illustrations they were amazing bright, vibrant and funny. C went through the front cover with great detail talking about the monsters.
The book tells the story of a little boy (whose funky hair strikes a likeness to my C’s), whose dad is an inventor – he has just finished his greatest invention ….. a Monster Machine! After putting all the ingredients in to make the Monsters, Dad pulls the levers and with lots of smoke the machine makes all kinds of monsters from big ones to hairy ones. The book goes on to talk about the friendship the little boy builds up with the monsters until one day they realise they don’t belong in this world and start to look for a way back home with the help of the little boy.
The book is very well written and it engages adults and children alike. I really enjoyed reading the book to C almost as much as he enjoyed listening to it. Every page drew a question from him and the illustrations just popped off the page and they themselves told a story. The Monster Machine is not a scary book, but with so many monsters and some gruesome ingredients too it is perfect for Halloween for readers aged 3 years and up. The book has the main story of the monsters but I felt that there was an underlying story of friendship and teamwork, which I managed to elaborate on with C so he understood the importance of these things. The book has become a firm bedtime favourite and I am getting so close to knowing the words off by heart!
Nicola L Robinson and The Monster Machine was shortlisted for the Cambridgeshire ‘Read it Again’ Children’s Picture Book award 2013 (winning runner up) and was also honoured to be part of this year’s Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge. The Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge is something that C and I took part in this year and he thoroughly enjoyed it and it gave him a real passion for books.
Nicola also runs an accompanying website for The Monster Machine – www.monstermachine.co.uk where you can contact Nicola or the Monsters to ask questions (they do reply), find out more about her work and download some monster activities to colour in, cut out and sometimes make too. Activities include Dot to Dot, colouring, making a monster puppet and a pop up monster mouth greeting card! (some adult help advised for these makes).
Nicola is always keen to see your monster art too, which you can send in to be added to the Monster Machine Blog. www.themonstermachinepicturebook.blogspot.co.uk
- The Monster Machine is available at your favourite bookshops (including Waterstones) and your local independent shops too, if it isn’t in stock it can be ordered in.
- You can buy online from the usual places and directly from the publisher here.
- Nicola’s website – www.nlrobinson.co.uk or follow Nicola on twitter – @NLRobinsonart
The Monster Machine gets a monstrous 5/5 from both C and I and I cannot wait to see the next instalment from Nicola!