Monday, 7 December 2009

Morris the Mankiest Monster - Giles Andreae

The front cover sets the tone, showing a disgusting but nevertheless cheerful and loveable monster picking his nose ! The opening lines are :
"Morris the mankiest monster
Lives in a house made of dung
It only smells stinky enough when it's damp
So he keeps the walls wet with his tongue" ! Ewww - love it !!

Not convinced yet ? OK, here's another extract :
"He feeds off the snotty green bogies
That lurk up his big hairy nose
And sometimes he nibbles the poisonous mould
Which he scrapes off the ends of his toes" !!! I'm sorry, it appeals right to my sense of humour !

It will have your kids squealing and giggling and going "ewwwww" and "euurggghhh" all the way through and I guarantee they will have you reading it over and over again !

The illustrations are brilliant too - brightly coloured and intricate enough for you to notice extra details every time you read it through. As it's relatively short and written in rhyme, young non-readers will soon pick up at least parts of it and join in as you read along.

Sophie and Juliette both love Dick & Dom and their disgustingly-filthy madcap antics in Da Bungalow - and this book offers the same blend of revolting antics and "rude" words (if you're under 8) ! I used to love Fungus the Bogeyman and Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and this reminds me a bit of those and has me laughing along with the kids.

I always read the kids a bedtime story, but I admit that it's sometimes a chore. This book makes it really fun for everyone. I'm sure the novelty will eventually wear off but I must admit, at the moment, it's me who keeps suggesting we read this one !!

The question on the back of the book is : "Are you brave enough to open the most revolting children's book of the year ?" Well, it's a resounding YES all round in our house !

star rating : 5/5

RRP : £10.99

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: David Fickling Books (1 Oct 2009)
ISBN-10: 0385615116
ISBN-13: 978-0385615112
Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 22 x 1 cm


  1. I agree bedtime stories are really fun. aside from the fact that it can make your relationships with your kids more closer it also develop the ability of your kids to comprehend on what you are reading to them, which I think is very important. So, for that I'm going to grab a copy of that book to give to my friends who have kids. Its gonna be a nice Christmas gift for them.Thank you for sharing.

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