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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 (March 2021)
    Book 11: Monsters at Christmas (2021)

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    Book 1
    Book 1

    Monsters in the Dark

    Billy's scared of the dark, so he's trying hard to stay awake ALL night. But then he hears a squeaky little voice and no... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Monsters go to School

    Billy's Mini Monsters really want to go to school with him. But Billy really doesn't want them to. He's got enough troub... More

    (10 reviews)
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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Monsters go to a Party

    It's Billy's best friend's birthday, and the Mini Monsters have come to the party too! Gloop gets mixed up with the jell... More

    (11 reviews)
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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Monsters Move House

    Billy's moving house! But the Mini Monsters have got lost on the way. How will Billy ever find them again? And to add to... More

    (9 reviews)
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    Book 3
    Book 3

    Monsters go Swimming

    Billy hates swimming. It's cold and wet and horrible. And just when Billy thinks things can't get any worse, his pet Min... More

    (12 reviews)
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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Monsters on a Plane

    Billy and his Mini Monsters are off to Spain! There are just two small problems - Peep's been seen by the airport guards... More

    (8 reviews)
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    Book 5
    Book 5

    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 6
    Book 6

    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

    (11 reviews)
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    Book 7
    Book 7

    Monsters on a School Trip

    Billy is feeling anxious. He's about to go on his first ever school trip to a museum. Luckily, Billy's Mini Monsters are... More

    (0 reviews)
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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Monsters at the Seaside

    Billy and his family are off to the seaside. The MINI MONSTERS are very excited to be going too. Soon they're building s... More

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    Book 9
    Book 9

    Monsters at Halloween

    It's Halloween and Billy can't wait for the village Halloween Party. There's just one problem... his Mini Monsters are a... More

    (6 reviews)
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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Monsters go Camping

    It's Billy's school camping trip. His worst nightmare is having to go to the TOILET in the DARK. What if he gets lost in... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Monsters Go Green

    Billy and the Mini Monsters share a strong message about caring for the planet. Billy is learning how to take care of ... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Monsters at Christmas

    The mini-monsters cause chaos at Christmas. Can they work together to tidy up? It's nearly Christmas and Billy a... More

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