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Monstrous beasts have feelings too!

This lively story of a lonely monster called Dave , who lives all alone in a retirement cave, is a lighthearted reminder that we should treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves - and that we could all do with a bit more monster in our lives!

Another classic-in-the-making all about kindness from the unbeatable duo of brilliant author Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilive , illustrator of The Detective Dog .

PRAISE FOR THE WORST PRINCESS:
`Those sick of the cult of pink princesses will appreciate this quirky take on the traditional princess tale... A very funny new picture book' The Bookseller Children's Buyers Guide
`Told in verse, and wonderfully illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, this picture book is so funny it could be safely recommended for all ages' The Independent on Sunday

PRAISE FOR DOGS DON'T DO BALLET:
`This heart-warming and humorous story will help children to realise that everyday, including themselves, can surprise with an unexpected talent' Read Me
`This is a parent and child read together, laugh together and have fun with picture, story and words sort of a book' School Librarian

PRAISE FOR RHINOS DON'T EAT PANCAKES:
`Offers a good-humoured warning to parents who don't listen... The massive, full-colour pictures make this a delicious book' The Independent on Sunday
`Anna Kemp's heart-warming story is told simply but with humour and emotion. And at the hands of Sara Ogilvie, all the characters are brought expressively to life.' The Scotsman

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17th October '18
I read it to Beach20 aged 4 aged 4 & to Beach09 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
We love this story. This is a heart warming story about Dave and the friendship he make with a knight. The story is meaningful and reminds us of the importance of kindness and friendship no matter what age you are. 
The story is funny and rhyming thought with wonderful bright illustrations that add to the enjoyment to the story. 
Perfect for 2+. Highly recommend. 
15th October '18
I read it to Samanna1 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is such a fantastic book. I love the fact it shows you should think about people’s feelings and how hurtful words can be. A great tale about a lonely monster and a friendship that forms between child and monster. A great story to read to children. My daughter found it funny that the monster is really sweet but wants to rave at same time. 
18th November '18
I read it to ELLIANA aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We absolutely loved reading this magical book together about Dave, who had no friends. My two and half year old granddaughter sat on my lap and turned the pages as I read out the story in rhyme. It is such a good lesson in life too, about not judging people, or being nasty, and the illustrations are fabulous. Thoroughly good read, quality book, fab story, great pictures - Thanks!
15th October '18
I read it to Ibby aged 6 aged 6 & to Massi aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This is a really lovely book. It actually reminds me of something by Julia Donaldson, although it isn't written by her. In fact, it is written by Anna Kemp. I love that it is written in rhyme. The storyline is about how Dave,  who isn't a beast but a lonely monster, and is just looking for friendship. The book teaches us not to judge a book by its cover. 
The illustration are great and by Sara Ogilvie, who illustrated the Detective Dog, which is a book we love. Overall, big thumbs up from us!!
29th October '18
I read it to Eve's aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Such a lovely heart warming story, I read this to my daughter and since she has been even more aware of her great grandparents and taking care of them. The story has a lovely ending and beautifully illustrated throughout- my daughter particularly loved the rhyming in it and that the monster was called Dave (like her dad!).
17th October '18
Super girl read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
I enjoyed this book. The illustrations were great. At the beginning it's like Dave the Monster is telling the story. My mum likes the rhyming in the story and I liked the happy ending!!
2nd November '18
I read it to joshgok aged 8 aged 8 & to JakeGOK aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
We wanted to read this book because we were instantly drawn to the wonderfully colourful from cover illustrations of Dave the Lonely Monster with a rock guitar!! It's really well illustrated with plenty of detail to explore on each page.  It's a lovely rhyming story about a monster who has been banished away due to other peoples fears about monsters and their desire to live in peace.  Dave soon becomes lonely and its easy to feel sad for Dave, and for children to understand how he is feeling.  To make things worse, some people come along who are cruel to Dave, but along the way, Dave makes a friend, and eventually this new friend stands up to the others to protect Dave! Very nice story, and one we will read again! 
15th October '18
I read it to Olivia2016 aged 2 aged 2 & to Amelia2018 aged 3 months aged 0
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4 stars
I loved this book and found the illustrations to be perfectly fitting to the storyline too.
Both of my children loved the pictures and thought Dave the Monster was very funny in his bubble bath!
It’s a brilliant size book for the age group as it sits wonderfully in their lap allowing my 2 year old the opportunity to hold the book and turn the pages as we read together.
Dave is a monster but not at all scary, all he wants is friendship.
The moral to this story is a very important one for all to remember, but especially for younger children to learn as they begin nursery, pre-school or school.
I would highly recommend this rhyming book although I felt some of it didn’t flow when read aloud as easily as I think it should.
I think it was a great book loved by all the family to be read again many times together I’m sure!
16th October '18
I read it to Squirt aged 4 aged 4
Dave the Lonely Monster 9781471143687
4 stars
We thought this book was lots of fun. Loved the illustrations and the unlikely friendship of Dave the monster and a young knight. A fab book about being kind, making friends and being lonely. Dave is an old monster who finds friendship with a young boy, a little reminder to us that old people can be lots of fun too! 
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About Anna Kemp

When she is not writing children's stories, Anna Kemp is a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London where she teaches French Literature. Her books have been shortlisted for several prizes including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Waterstones book prize and Oscar's book prize. Her picture books have been adapted for stage and screen. SARA OGILVIE is one of Bo...

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About Sara Ogilvie

Richmal Crompton was born in Lancashire in 1890. The first story about William Brown appeared in Home magazine in 1919, and the first collection of William stories was published in book form three years later. In all, thirty-eight William books were published, the last...

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