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Hodgepodge: How To Make A Pet Monster by Lili Wilkinson

A review by Emma Streeton

Artie is 11 years old. He does not believe in ghosts, or monsters. He believes in science. So when he and his step sister Willow find The Bigge Boke of Fetching Monsters in the attic he is both scared and intrigued. The book tells you how to make your own pet monster. But that’s impossible right?! Monsters do not exist… or do they? Artie and Willow are about to find out.

7-year-old bookworm response

My youngest bookworm read this aloud to me over the course of a couple of nights. Her closing remark when we finished the final page was “Mum, when can we get the next monster book?” A question that clearly shows her instant love for this fun and quirky story.

The verdict

This book is sure to be an instant hit for newly independent readers. Engaging, fast-paced and jam-packed with fabulous illustrations, How To Make A Pet Monster is sure to thrill and excite. My little one’s imagination was certainly sparked. She had a great time dreaming up the type of monster she would like to conjure up!

I enjoyed listening to my daughter reading this book. As an adult it offered me a fair few chuckles and I loved the sassy and independent character of Willow. She is quick thinking, smart and game for an adventure. A pretty good role model for my two bookworms. I love books where parent and child can share a giggle. This book delivered on that front.

How To Make A Pet Monster is a cracking fun read for children and their grown-ups. Thoroughly enjoyable and we are already waiting for the next installment in my house.

Book details

Bookworm rating: 5 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9781760877385
Imprint: Albert Street Books (Allen and Unwin)
Pub Date: July 2020
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Age: 7 – 10

How to make a pet monster

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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