Monster on the Hill (Book 1) by Rob Harrell – Synopsis: “In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster — much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is… except for one. Unfortunately for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.


I just love the idea that towns in Middle England would have monsters as mascots, the concept at the heart of this tale – but then we are a nation of animal lovers! A great little story (I say “little,” but it is over 190 pages), and although the book is clearly aimed at children, some of the darker humour will appeal to adults. This book is crying out to be made into an animated movie at the very least – the dialogue is well written, particularly for the monsters – you can almost hear in your head the voices you would apply to each one. The artwork is absolutely appropriate to the story, putting to mind the style of the Asterix books (I’m a huge fan), or Tintin (but with more depth, especially in the eyes) making it very easy for younger readers to follow.


Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life’s challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts!

From Top Shelf Productions.


GS Rating: 4/5
GS Reporter: SilverFox

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