27th March '17
This has been a bedtime book for my 9 year old and he and I have laughed a lot reading this. I have heard Steve Cole talk during a school visit and he had the children enthralled and in fits of giggles from the start - and so it was with this book. We've been through his Astrosaurs books (aimed at younger readers - first chapter books I would say) and also Cows in Action. I personally preferred this to either of those. Poor Bob(obob) lands in Terra Monstra and meets a delightful bunch of weirdos; Verity, a giant hamster-like creature, Alfie, a huge, non-scary reptile and the failed Gorgon, Zola (geddit?)
The illustrations by Jim Field are beautiful - it was the stunning cover that drew me to it to begin with - and I was so taken by his work that I investigated his website and now own one of his prints!
This book will probably appeal most to those with a gross sense of humour and is particularly good for reluctant readers and yucky boys. In fact, my rather yucky nine year old (who loves comics and graphic novels, but is not the keenest of readers when it comes to 'proper' chapter books) read ahead rather than wait a night for the next chapter, which is unheard of! If he recommends a book, I know there is something good to be said for it. And there is a great deal of good to be said about this one.