Ten of the Best Monster Books For Kids

This entry was posted on 08 May 2020.

Scaly, smelly and scary – get ready to meet all kinds of crazy and colourful characters in these 10 monstrous books. These terrible tales will have your imagination running wild and the characters running for cover!

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
The monsters living under Lucy Dungston’s bed are called the Creakers, and she needs their help. All of the grownups in her town have disappeared and while her friends are all going bonkers with excitement, Lucy just wants her mum back. The Creakers take her on a mad and mucky adventure through their disgusting, upside-down world. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Plus, sing-along to 10 exclusive songs on the bonus CD written and performed by author Tom Fletcher!
Recommended reading age: 8-11 years old
The Boggart And the Monster by Susan Cooper
If you’re a fan of The Boggart, you’ll enjoy going on another adventure with the mischievous shape-shifting Boggart, as humans Emily and Jess revisit Castle Keep. They’re joining their old friend Tommy and Mr Maconochie, the new owner of the castle, on an exploration of Loch Ness to look for the mystery monster. However, Nessie is actually the Boggart’s cousin, and together the group must make it their mission to stop a high-tech expedition from discovering the beast. This is a brilliant story that sees ancient folklore meet modern technology.
Recommended reading age: 9-11 years old
Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae
You may want to have a bath after reading this one. In this stomach-turning tale you’ll be introduced to the disgusting, yet charming Morris. He has revolting habits including flossing his teeth with slugs and growing potatoes out of his pants. But we know that won’t stop you falling in love with him! Written in playful rhymes alongside pretty gross illustrations, this picture book will leave you feeling icky and sticky but laughing.
Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old
Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling by D. M. Cornish
The Half-Continent is full of monsters and villains, and it’s Rossamund’s job to light the way for travellers brave enough to venture there. His career in the Navy, fighting creatures of the deep, becomes a distant memory as he begins his journey as a Lamplighter to the great city of High Vesting. All he is carrying with him is a battered almanac and some potions. Will they be enough to defeat the deadly creatures and get him there safely? D. M. Cornish’s first book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series is sure to leave you wanting more, which is lucky because this is a trilogy.
Recommended reading age: 9-11 years old
Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes
It’s lucky the monsters in this zoo are behind bars because you would not want them roaming free. In this fun story, it’s down to one little boy to tame these freaky creatures. Will he be able to survive one day looking after them all? Hilarious and filled with striking illustrations, Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo is a great introduction to all things monstrous!
Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old
The Monster Story-Teller by Jacqueline Wilson
Monster-mad kids will love Jacqueline Wilson’s story about a girl whose adventures with a tiny monster distract her from a boring school day. Nick Sharratt’s zany illustrations take the reader with Natalie and her new green friend as they whizz off together on trips which are sure to make her classmates jealous.
Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan
This illustrative adaptation of Rick Riordan’s second title in the series follows our favourite demigod as he tries to save Camp Half-Blood from monsters. But he first needs to get his hands on the Golden Fleece. Fans of the son of Poseidon will pore over the stunning artwork in this graphic novel which brings the 13-year-old and the creatures he encounters to life in vivid detail.
Recommended reading age: 10-15 years old
There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
You never know what excitement awaits you when you open a new book – and inside this one there is a big surprise! A monster is trapped in the pages of Tom Fletcher’s interactive picture book and he needs help to be set free. Tilt it, spin it and shake it to make sure he’s released before bedtime.
Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith
Have you ever wondered how the fabled Loch Ness monster came to be? When a storm washes an egg up on a beach, siblings Angus and Kirstie decide to take it home to find out what’s inside. But when it hatches in the bath, the creature is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Their new pet has a horse's head, warty skin, four flippers and a crocodile's tail! It starts off small but then begins to grow and grow, until it really does become a monster, and is in need of a much bigger home!
Recommended reading age: 7-9 years old
Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere
Watch out! A hungry monster has set his sights on your house and is embarking on a journey through forest and mountains to get to you. Do you run and hide, or wait and see what he really wants? Maybe he’s actually lonely and just wants a big, sloppy goodnight kiss… Prepare to be taken on a scary, then soppy rollercoaster ride in Ed Vere’s funny and colourful picture book.
Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old


By the Puffin Team   www.penguin.co.uk



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