Kid’s Book Review: Monster Doughnuts

Kid’s Book Review: Monster Doughnuts

About the Book and Author

Monster Doughnuts is the first title is a deliciously funny series from writer Gianna Pollero, illustrated by the award-winning artist Sarah Horne and published by Piccadilly Press.

Ten-year-old Grace likes doughnuts and cakes as much as the next kid – but they are also her secret weapon. Grace is a monster hunter who owns a bakery – and everyone knows how much monsters LOVE any kind of sweet treat!

Just don’t tell them about the secret exploding baking powder inside the doughnuts and the cookies …


Monster Doughnuts cover
Gianna Pollero

Gianna Pollero  started writing stories a very long time ago, but it wasn’t until her daughter came up with a brilliant idea for a character (Mr Harris, the ruthless, doughnut-loving, board game-playing cyclops), that she wrote ‘Monster Doughnuts’ – the first of a three-book series. (Books two and three will follow in January 2022 and August 2022).

Gianna grew up in Kent but spent quite a bit of time in northern Italy. When she’s not writing, she is reading, cooking, gardening or redecorating bits of her house.

Sarah Horne learnt to draw whilst trying to explain her reasoning for an elaborate haircut at the age of nine. An illustrator for over 20 years, she started her illustration career working freelance for newspapers and she also worked on commissions for advertising clients such as Nike, IKEA and Kew Gardens.

In 2010, Sarah published Paws, Claws and Frilly Drawers and Tantrums And Tiaras her first Author/ Illustrator young fiction titles with Stripes.She has illustrated over 70 books, including Charlie Changes into a Chicken, Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library), Puppy Academy, and Ask Oscar and its sequels.


Book Review

I thought that the monster glossary at the end, referring to the creatures in the novel, was both funny and helpful

Monster Doughnuts is an amusing page-turner that I found enjoyable and easy to read. The detailed illustrations, which are peppered throughout, helped me imagine further what the settings and the characters resemble.

The “chewed” cover page looks like it was eaten by a monster making the reader feel part of the story.

I thought that the monster glossary at the end, referring to the creatures in the novel, was both funny and helpful with wacky names such as “Poo Shuffler” and “Parent Punisher”!

The storyline was exciting and easy to understand which always made me want to read on to find out what would happen next – I finished the book in only a few sittings.

The end suggests there might be a follow up… I will keep an eye out for this one!


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Reviewer Profile

Iona reviewer
  • Name: Iona
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: reading, playing football and nature
  • Dislikes: aubergines and getting up too early
  • Favourite Book: the Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Favourite Film: High School Musical 1-2-3
  • Favourite Song: Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman