Webb review – The Boogie Woogie Monster by Shyam Gharial and Dan Mynard

Harrison and I really loved the style of this book, the illustrations are vivid and full of texture. There are lots of hidden details to look out for in the backgrounds of each page too which meant that we spent longer chatting about the extra details as well as the story itself. The Boogie Woogie Monster is a story that teaches the value of not making rushed judgements based on appearance. The story flows really well and there were no slow points and the story made sense from start to finish, it was clear, concise, fun and heart warming.

The Boogie Woogie monster is lonely but he keeps trying to make a connection with Moe, the main character in the story, and keeps protecting him even after he has been shunned by the boy. The monster is very self aware and knows that the boy is scared. I think that makes him a lot more loveable despite the claws and teeth.

Harrison really enjoyed the inclusion of some of his favourite characters, Santa and the tooth fairy which are hilariously laced into the story with some great consequences. I particularly liked one spread that shows a group of monsters because most children have the occasional monster lurking under the bed, even some adults too.

This book is fun and is colourful, it is a great story and will be one that we will read more than once. It might be helpful for children who are struggling with sleeping in the dark although it might have the opposite effect since the art work is so fantastic. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a little uniqueness with a great story to go with it.

Available now at Shookbop.

5 out of 5 webs

Harrison gave The Boogie Woogie Monster 5 out of 5 webs. He really liked the idea of a monster being more than he first seems.

We were sent this copy from the publisher and the review is our own.

Thank you for reading,

Samantha and Harrison.

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