My Daddy is a Monster by Natalie Reeves Billing #Review
Welcome to the second in The Monstrous Me series of children's picture books.
The Monstrous Me collection are split perspective books looking at situations from other points of view, helping 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 second book, ‘My Daddy is a Monster’ a curious little boy is convinced his dad is a monster. But, is he really? When we look through his dad’s eyes, we see a very different story.
This picture Book will amuse young readers and also offer up opportunities to explore conversations about feelings and seeing things from another's point of view. It is beautifully illustrated by Lisa Williams and is full of colour and bold pictures. There are also the Monstrometers to look out for monsters on every page.
The text is set out sympathetically on each page with short verses of rhyming couplets which make it ideal for reading aloud. I am sure young readers will love flipping the book over to get another point of view. It would make a great teaching aid to inspire writing on looking at others viewpoints and showing a range of emotions within the story. The situations in the story are also readily recognisable and relatable.
Cat and Mouse say: Look out for those monsters!
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
Connect with Natalie on Twitter @BillingReeves
Thanks to Natalie Reeves Billing and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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