Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for My daddy is a monster by Natalie Reeves Billing and Illustrated by Lisa Williams.
The Monstrous Me collection are split perspective books looking at situations from other points of view, helping children develop a sense of balance, roundedness and wellbeing. Readers can literally and figuratively, turn the story on its head, and look at the very same situations from different angles. In this second book, My Daddy is a Monster a curious little boy is convinced his dad is a monster. But, is he really? When we look through his dad’s eyes, we see a very different story.
Oh, but what a pleasure it is to return to this delightful series. Way back in July I chatted about the first book in the series, My Mummy is a Monster. I said,
‘This is such an unsual and interesting picture book. Written in rhyme and surrounded with bright, colourful, fun illustrations this will be a super book to share with your little monsters.
The emphasis is on the fact that there are always two sides to every story and it encourages both children and adults to look at things from the perspective of others.’
Well, this time it’s Dad’s turn and he’s in for a rough ride just like mum….Or is it the children that are having the hard time? It’s intriguing to look at the two points of view. Us adults treading on carefully built bricks complaining of the pain inflicted and yet to the children hours of work has been destroyed. I think this, just like My Mummy is a Monster, will give pause for thought for both children and adults alike, and will give the opportunity for both to express their feelings and talk openly to one another. Again the gentle rhyme makes a fun, gentle read and the illustrations complement the writing perfectly.
There is so much to see and talk about, this would make the perfect bedtime read – and there are those pesky Monstrometers to find along the way.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to Natalie for the beautiful finished copy to read and review,
About the author
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now,
Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter at @BillingReeves.
and on Facebook at @NatalieRBillingAuthor
and on Instagram at @natalie_reeves-billing
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Lisa Williams decided to be an illustrator whilst she was still in primary school. She has been illustrating children’s books, magazines and educational material for nearly 25 years. Whilst taking on commercial work, Lisa took a teacher training course, but since qualifying, her commercial success has been such she hasn’t had the time to teach!
Lisa is one of the talented illustrators for Team Author UK. This allows her to work with a variety of authors and the opportunity to develop an array of styles.
You can follow Lisa on Facebook at @lisawilliamsillustration