Monstrous Maud: Big Fright is geared toward middle-grade readers that follows many more books in this fun literary series. Monstrous Maud is an interesting character who walks to the beat of her own drum. Advertised as a great alternative to princess-themed books, I am pleased to introduce the series to my oldest whom tends to prefer the oddball, mysterious, quirky types of characters and stories to the sparkly fashion shopping boy crazy themed titles out there often promoted for girls around her age.
In this story, we meet Monstrous Maud. She doesn’t fit in at her current school of humans and thus is transferred. The twist revolves around the new school being full of monsters! She, however, feels right at home but things don’t go as easy as all that as she has to be able to pass a test to stay which is to scare the teacher. How do you scare a monster? I guess you’ll need to read to find out!
There are lots of spooky and silly happenings going on at the school that will leave one turning page after page to see what happens next. The characters are fun to learn about throughout the tale. Sprinkled throughout the book are small illustrations mainly at the start of a chapter and at the end.
The story is a good read-aloud and also perfect for a child to read on their own. Age recommendations are 5-7 years old and grades kindergarten through second. My 9 year old daughter has been reading for many years now and read this book in one evening. This is not a scary tale. She said she enjoyed it.
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