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Billy and the Mini Monsters Series

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    Billy and the Mini Monsters is a brilliant laugh-out-loud adventure series. The funny stories, colourful illustrations and simple text make it a perfect read for newly independent and reluctant readers.

    Meet Billy - an ordinary boy, living an ordinary life. Until one night he found five Mini Monsters in his sock drawer. He saved their lives and they swore never to leave him. From that moment on, one thing was certain...Billy’s life would never be the same again!

    Billy and the monsters’ adventures together are action-packed and hilarious, as Billy tries to cover up for his hairy, smelly, not-so-scary friends. The books see Billy and the Mini Monsters through first experiences, such as school trips, parties and moving house, as well as common fears or anxieties, like bullying and being scared of the dark.

    Written by Zanna Davidson and illustrated by Melanie Williamson, we really recommend these stories as a first introduction to chapter books, with their colourful illustrations and approachable, funny stories. The books were originally part of the Usborne Young Reading Series, and, thanks to their popularity with readers and reviewers, they are now being given a new lease of life, as they are re-released in paperback with new covers, with two new books publishing in 2021.

    These books are ideal for readers who are growing in confidence from aged 5 upwards. The small chunks of text, comic strips and colourful pictures make these stories fun and easy to read. The series is much loved by young readers (check out our Toppsta reviews!), teachers and parents and is part of The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge

    You can read the books in any order, but book 1 Monsters in the Dark will give you the story of the mini monsters appearing in Billy’s bedroom for the first time.

    All the Billy and the Mini Monsters books in order:

    Book 1: Monsters in the Dark (2017)
    Book 2: Monsters Go to School (originally Monsters on the Loose) (2017)
    Book 3: Monsters Go Swimming (originally Monsters to the Rescue) (2017)
    Book 4: Monsters on a Plane (2017)
    Book 5: Monsters Go to a Party (2017)
    Book 6: Monsters Move House (originally Monsters on the Move) (2017)
    Book 7: Monsters at a Museum (paperback title Monsters On a School Trip) (2018)
    Book 8: Monsters at Halloween (2019)
    Book 9: Monsters at the Seaside (2019)
    Book 10: Monsters Go Camping (2021)
    Book 11: Monsters Go Green (2021)
    Book 12: Monsters at Christmas (2021)
    Book 13: Monsters go to Hospital (2022)

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    Book 1
    Book 1

    Monsters in the Dark

    The first book in the laugh-out-loud 'Billy and the Mini Monsters' adventure series, perfect for newly independent reade... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Monsters go to School

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (19 reviews)
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    Book 3
    Book 3

    Monsters go Swimming

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (16 reviews)
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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Monsters on a Plane

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (14 reviews)
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    Book 5
    Book 5

    Monsters go to a Party

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (14 reviews)
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    Book 6
    Book 6

    Monsters Move House

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (13 reviews)
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    Book 7
    Book 7

    Billy and the Mini Monsters at the Museum

    Billy is feeling nervous about his first ever school trip, so the Mini Monsters decide to join him. "We promise we won't... More

    (1 review)
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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Monsters at Halloween

    A Halloween-themed, laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for... More

    (9 reviews)
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    Book 9
    Book 9

    Billy and the Mini Monsters Monsters at the Seaside

    Selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 Billy and his family are off to the seaside. The MINI MONSTERS are very ... More

    (12 reviews)
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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Monsters go Camping

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (20 reviews)
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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Monsters Go Green

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (1 review)
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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Monsters at Christmas

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

    (2 reviews)
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    Book 13
    Book 13

    Monsters go to Hospital

    Another laugh-out-loud monster adventure in the Billy and the Mini Monsters chapter book series, perfect for newly indep... More

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