Saturday, 19 July 2014

Review: Rory and the Monstersitter by Rosie Reeve

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Rory loves to cook. He's always inventing new recipes like blue pancakes, cheese bats and hairy cakes... One evening, when his mum and dad go out to dinner, leaving Rory and his siblings with the babysitter, tummies start to rumble. It's time for Rory to cook up a real monster feast! A hilarious and unexpected tale - with a twist of pepper!


Rory and the Monstersitter made me, at age twenty-seven, laugh out loud. More than once. I won't say why because it'd spoil a nice little twist in the story, but I'm sure younger readers will wholeheartedly approve of Rory and his penchant for cooking.

This is a story about a family of monsters, and young Rory who likes cooking anything be can get his mitts on. He particularly likes blue pancakes and cheese bats, and gets to show off his cooking skills when his monster mummy and daddy go out for the night. It's quite clever, really, and a bit mischievous too!

Rosie Reeve has both written and illustrated Rory and the Monstersitter, which I think requires enormous talent. These picture book authors and artists are really brilliant at what they do and I especially love discovering new illustrators - Reeve has made the monsters in this book look cute but, judging by their teeth, they could be biters.

There's quite a lot of text accompanying the myriad of illustrations and, although it doesn't rhyme, it still tells a great little story in a short number of pages. Rory and the Monstersitter is another fantastic addition to the picture book collection and, as I mentioned earlier, be prepared for some laughs!

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