Hey guys, I’m SO EXCITED to bring you a children’s book review today! I haven’t done one in AGES and now I’ve got a couple in the pipeline! This one is called ‘My Mummy is a Monster’ by Natalie Reeves Billing and is so colourful, fun, thought-provoking and always my favourite – rhyming! Enjoy 😀
The Monstrous Me series is a split perspective book looking at situations from another point of view to help children develop a sense of balance, roundedness and wellbeing. Readers can literally and figuratively, turn the story on its head, and look at the very same situations from different angles. In this first book, ‘My Mummy’s a Monster’ an inquisitive little girl is convinced her mum is a monster. But, is she really? When we look through her mummy’s eyes, we see a very different story.
Well it’s true to say both me and hubby enjoyed it and my 3 year old really enjoyed it to! We always find for him the rhyming books are the ones which get him really engaged and the more we read it to him he ends up being able to remember which word comes at the end of the sentence! Which is so cute and always makes us smile!
I really LOVE this story it’s such a true book having children and I’ve never really thought about it like that before, that the simple tasks which they hate, that’s when they see us as the monster or bad guy! How they turn the smallest task in to a big EVIL thing! It’s literally made me giggle while I was reading it to him!
To then read the other half of the book ‘My Children are Monsters’ was just perfect! It can be enjoyed by us parents because it’s sooo true and gives us a giggle, but also a great lesson to little ones that it works both ways, there are different perspectives and that actually the little tasks to us are huge to them!
I think it’s fab how there is a little section for children to draw their own monsters in a mirror at the end of each half and then at the end it gives you a task to go through and find all the little mirrors! So really there are so many different parts of this book kids can really enjoy and get involved with!
I think it’s a good story that can be enjoyed by little toddlers that don’t have much understanding yet, because the rhyming words can catch their attention and the colourful illustrations keep them engaged and it can be enjoyed for older children I’d say like 5-7 because they will fully understand the story and are probably at that age of hating all of those things in the book!
The illustrations are fantastic, colourful, exactly how I imagine a monster to look like and funny! And they really help bring the story to life!
Overall a pretty excellent book and I dragged my hubby in to help me rate this one as both of us have read hundreds of kids book to our eldest and we both easily agreed it’s got to be a 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ because it’s just fun and the rhyming is our favourite style and it’s funny to!
About the Author
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now, Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
Her new book, My Mummy is a Monster (part of the Monstrous Me collection) will be available in March 2020 and Carry Love in June 2020
How to Contact the Author
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing my little family with a copy of this book which came with the most beautifully written letter, in return for an honest review and to Anne at Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in such a fun tour!
I hope you all enjoyed something a little different from me 😀
Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum