BookBound review No Place For Monsters

Sam (@SamJDThomas)

I completely agree with the three keywords on the back cover of this book, used to catergorise a book for readers by publishers Chicken House ‘Spooky, Terrifying, Horror’ would absolutely be my go to words for describing this book, and I did just that when I discussed No Place for Monsters with my Son, who is subsequently enjoying this book himself.

The story follows a boy and girl, Levi and Kat, as they try to uncover who or what is responsible for children disappearing around them, of which Levi’s sister is one of them. What makes this situation to most other missing children stories is that all trace of the missing child ever existing has been removed along with them, not even their parents remember them! Levi and Kat are the only ones that remember, or so they thought, because they do find some help from the most unlikely of adults, and come to realise why they can remember when other do not.

When Levi and Kat initially form their friendship it is awkward, and not through choice, but these two outcasts unite over a desire to find mysterious creatures, and even host meetings at an awesome HQ of their own creation. What they didn’t realise was they would soon find themselves tumbling head first into a whole realm of mysterious creatures, and in doing so they learn to conquer their fears, forming an unbreakable bond with one another, and a realisation that not all monsters are that stereotypical bad we all associate them to be.

The layout of this book is so incredibly appealing to readers, reluctant or not, as it alternates between small paragraphs of text and the stunning illustrations, all the genius of Kory Merritt, who has proven himself to be an incredibly talented addition to the world of Children’s Literature, and one to watch for in the future too. There are spooky font sentences that also feature at time, as well as a comic strip style section to maintain varying content to the reader throughout, and I found myself quite literally mesmerised by what this book offered as a complete package of deliciously dark themed storyline with so much visual simulation, and I couldn’t put it down, reading it from cover to cover before I would put it down, and desperately hoping for more to come too.

This has been one of my favourite books to have had the pleasure to read this year so far, it is perfect for chapter book readers looking for something spooky, with a thrilling adventure at its core, and I highly recommend getting this book into school libraries too, primary school and secondary schools alike, for this is one read you will be disappointed you didn’t read!

Other books I would recommend once you have read this are The Switching Hour by Damaris Young, and The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods by Samuel J. Halpin.

Helen (@helenbyles)

This book had amazing quotes attached to it, one of them was by Jeff Kinney author of the best selling Diary of A Wimpy Kid books, now I don’t always read author quotes but when I saw Jeff Kinney named it got my attention. 

I bumped it up my TBR pile and the book came on holiday with me. By page 6, I was completely hooked and I struggled to pay attention to my family! I found that it was half book half graphic novel which I thought was an amazing idea. There were pages that had hardly any writing and were mostly pictures. 

The story was fast paced and action packed and it was so hard to put it down.

The story was gripping. The illustrations were amazing and drawn so well with loads of details. 

Now I find more and more children are asking me for books that will give them a scare, and I find it difficult to find age-appropriate books for children like that, so when this book goes into my school I know the scare factor is quite low, so I can recommend this to the older children, and maybe one or two of the younger ones.

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