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Dave The Lonely Monster

Authored by Anna Kemp
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Published by Simon and Schuster

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Bright and colourful picture book about a misunderstood monster and his friendship with a young boy.

Dave is a harmless, lonely monster who loves rock and roll and strumming on his electric guitar. The locals thought he was a pest, and he was sent to retire in a cave. The local knights came to taunt him, but otherwise, he lived alone. That is until Percival the Brave, a six-year-old tiny knight arrives on a hobby horse waving a carrot!

This is a funny tale with a lovely message, encouraging the reader to reflect on other people’s feelings and how looks can be deceiving. The rhyme and rhythm make this an engaging story to read aloud to an infant class. The pictures have lots of fabulous details, with modern objects (such as motorbikes and televisions) made out of wood depicted ironically, to reflect the once upon a time era of knights, and monsters and make the story relatable for the current generation of readers.

This book could also be used as part of an assembly or PSHE lesson throughout the primary age range, to teach about empathy. The rock and roll element ensures that the book is funny without being babyish.

Rhyming Monster Fun!