This is a charming, heart-warming book that children will absolutely relate to. Author Tracey Hawkins uses a perfectly-timed voice and builds the tension beautifully as Max creeps through the darkened house, his heart going thumpty, thumpty, in search of a rather spine-tingling creature. Chantal Stewart’s clever illustrations lend both an essential and cartoonish warmth that will have children entranced right to the very end – and the big reveal! Fantastic for bedtime reading, and reminding kids of the age-old refrain . . . monsters? There’s no such thing.
Review by Tania McCartney, Kids Book Review
‘This picture book will be a great success with children 4 to 7 years of age. Max is excited about sleeping over at Grandpa’s house especially as Grandpa serves up all the food he likes best. However, there is an awful sound in the middle of the night that surely only a monster can make. Max bravely grabs his teddy bear and, using his torch, goes on a monster hunt. The sounds made by Grandpa as he snores will delight any child who listens to this story. The clever pictures of objects and clothes Max sees on his search help the tension to build to just the right pitch. Well done Tracey and Chantal.’
Review by Help 4 Every Parent
Max Meets a Monster is listed on the PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE –
Victoria, Northern Territory, & South Australia.