The Monster Machine: Nicola L Robinson
(Pavilion Children’s Books, 2012)
I can’t remember who choose this book. Whether is was me, or MG, or DG. I do know we saw it on a wander through Blackwell’s and we all liked the look of it so it came home with us…
Monsters are made of lots of things… Slugs, bogies, toenail clippings, sprouts, earwax, spiders, and some special dust and goo from Dad’s cupboard.
This is such a fun book, there’s the intricate steampunk-esque Monster Machine, monsters of all shapes and sizes, the kind of dad every kid would want to have, fun, inventiveness and a lovely ending for your little monsters!
We all love: the ingredients that go into making monsters; the inventing and machines; and best of all the different shaped and sized monsters. I particularly like this spread where the monsters are researching and finding out where they come from. It’s a lovely way of showing learning is fun, can be done in many different ways and something that might encourage little monsters to look up something they’re interested in.
The Monster Machine (and Nicola) have their own website and blog too, with some more monstrous monsters, but Nicola’s website is a must-visit packed with examples of her art. Wonderful fun for all monster lovers and their monsters 😉
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