Tamara Small and the Monsters' Ball

Oliver adores reading. Well at just 3 years old, he can’t actually read, (disappointing I know with his genius parents, but hey-at least he’s pretty) but he loves making up stories and pretending to read. I think my most cherished moments with that little boy are when he’s sat on my knee, listening to me read to him. Just the two of us: mother and son. When award winning author, Giles Paley-Phillips kindly sent us his latest children’s book, Tamara Small and the Monsters’ Ball, Oliver immediately declared how beautiful the book was. It really is too (the kid has a good eye), the illustrations throughout by Gabriele Antonini are in fact Hollywood-worthy (think Toy Story with edge but not as dark as Tim Burton), capturing kids’ imaginations from the  cover.

A funny story of a small, frightened girl who is captured from her bed by a monsterly neighbour to attend a monster’s ball (with break dancing ware wolves and witches in pointy hats), is witty and delightful if a little frightful (for me at least-but I’m a massive WIMP and still sleep with some light streaming in my room but don’t tell anyone) and the kid wasn’t scared at all! If anything, this book will help relieve children’s fears over things that go bump in the night (I might even turn my light off tonight)…Above is Oliver enjoying his latest, most favourite read. I’d definitely recommend it: 5 stars to Paley-Phillips!


We were also sent two other beautiful books from publisher Maverick Books- the fabulously funny Tabitha Posy was Ever so Nosy (The Ever So Series) by Julie Fulton, illustrated by Jona Yung telling the tale of an inquisitive little girl who constantly asks why (sounds familiar) and gets herself into a spot of bother at the local zoo with some far from friendly animals and The Cautionary Tale of the Childe of Hale by Rachel Lyon and illustrated by Vanina Starkoff, inspired by the adventures of a real-life giant. The Childe of Hale was born near Liverpool in the sixteenth Century and the author used poetic licence to soften the historical accounts of his adventures for children, ensuring his legend will grow and grow (like the man himself)!

Giles Paley-Phillips, is the Award Winning Author of The Fearsome Beastie,winner of The People’s Book Prize 2012, Bizziebaby Gold Award, The Forward National Literary Award and Shortlisted for The Rotherham Children’s Book Award. He has written several picture books and a collection of nonsense poetry. Giles lives with his wife and two sons in East Sussex.

You can buy his books here.

You can find him on twitter @tenderbranson10.

Photographs ©Peter Broadbent.

Disclaimer: We were sent these books in return for an honest review.

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