Before we start, may I just add that all of the Monstacademy series are available in both standard and dyslexia adapted format. I think this is an excellent thing to have done and thought about. It should be done more often, in doing so, to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018, you can use the lovely code DYSAWARE to get 15% of any Monstacademy orders at the Green Monkey Press Etsy store. Offer valid from Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October 2018 at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GreenMonkeyPress
'It’s not every day that a vampire borrows your pencil. When was the last time you sat next to a werewolf in maths?
Meet Trixie Grimble, the newest pupil at Monstacademy. Unfortunately, in a school filled with monsters, she’s the only ordinary girl and when she’s asked to help prepare for the annual Halloween parade, everything starts to go wrong.
Oh, and she’s also been kicked out of her bedroom to make room for a cat circus.
Includes the short story “The Christmas Cat Circus”.
The Halloween Parade (Monstacademy Book 1) by Matt Beighton is a short, but impactful story, specifically for younger children. I started the book not knowing what it was going to be like and in all honesty with a little trepidation, it is not my first kids book that I have read/reviewed but I have to say it is one that stands out and shines. It is a fun-filled adventure, with names for characters that kids will love such as Miss Flopsbottom and Mr Snickletinkle. The names for everything were well thought out and ultimately original which is so important as kids want to be surprised.
It was written in a way that was concise and entertaining. The way the characters of Colin, Gloria and Trixie were written were fun, believable and above all relatable - especially from a kids pov. I know young family members who would love this!! It is very marketable. An excellent book for children aged 6+ to read themselves of have someone read to them.
The Halloween Parade (Monstacademy Book 1) by Matt Beighton is child-friendly, and also had good potential to open up discussions about inclusivity among children. I can imagine it would be great in a school environment to open up these discussions and get kids talking about what makes everyone different. The activities at the end added to the story and I can imagine would get young brains engaged. It was well-written and easy to follow, kids will have no trouble keeping up with the faster plot-line, because it explains everything perfectly. Although it is a kids book it was enjoyable, I can imagine it would be even more enjoyable to read it with a child as a bedtime story, and to get them reading more! I wish more books like this had been around when I was a child, it would have made reading even better and more imaginative. A character like Trixie would have been a great read as a child and was also a very cute and loving character to read as an adult. It made me laugh and care about what happened to her at this new school.
As an added plus the illustrations were beautiful, very cute and definitely added something special to the story and overall feel and appearance of the book.
When Matt isn't writing he is a primary school teacher and also supports Leicester City football team. You can catch up with him here: