August 2011, Corgi Pups
80 pages, paperback
Themes: school, boredom, imagination, being a little naughty, life for a monster, lots of humour
Summary from Random House Children's Books
One morning at school, Natalie is very bored. Then she has a big surprise - there is a tiny monster at the window, waving at her! Suddenly Natalie's day is much more exciting....
They whizz off together for some monster fun, and soon Natalie has lots of special stories to tell.
I enjoyed the small but noticeable differences in the monster world, compared to the human one, especially with the colours of the animals. Having every illustration in colour brought the story to life more, which probably will help newer readers to imagine the story in their head.
Natalie sort of learns there's a time and a place for telling stories. Having the school story-teller look like Jacqueline was rather fun. This gets 9/10 from me.
Monster mayhem is a little closer to home for Jake in Lee Carr's Monster Baby