Kid’s Book Review: Solve Your Own Mystery – The Monster Maker

Kid’s Book Review: Solve Your Own Mystery – The Monster Maker

About the Book and Author

This is  fantastically imaginative detective story is perfect for readers who are looking for an interactive adventure because they get to choose which path to take. You can re-read the book time and time again creating a different story or our young reviewer Ryan suggests a whole class could take turns so each child gets to take part by choosing a path. The creator of this fun book is Garth P. Jones and Louise Forshaw has added in the brilliant black and white illustrations. We love it! Thank you  Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy so we could enjoy creating adventures this summer.

Welcome to Haventry, a town where the ordinary and extraordinary collide! With ghosts, werewolves and zombies living side by side, trouble is always brewing. And when a fiendish crime is committed, YOU are the detective in charge of the case.

Dr Franklefink’s precious Monster Maker has gone missing and there are lots of suspects! Along with your yeti partner, it’s up to YOU to find the culprit. Should you trail Bramwell Stoker, the terrifying vampire, or Grundle and Grinola, the mischievous goblin twins? Should you follow up a lead about the cunning witches? Or will investigating the doctor’s monstrous son Monty lead you to the thief? YOU decide!



Monster Maker cover
Gareth P Jones

Gareth P. Jones is a Blue Peter award winning author of over 40 books for children of all ages, regular school visiting author and a festival performer.

Books, songs and shows about Ninja Meerkats, Steampunk Pirates, Dragon Detectives, murderous twins, dark family secrets, bureaucratic ghosts, Victorian illusionists, dinosaur parties, time travel mysteries or alien-fighting pets? You can find out more about his stories by visiting his website.

Louise Forshaw’s passion for drawing started at around 4 years old. Nothing was safe from her coloured pencils! She spent most of her childhood watching cartoons and drawing comics to give to her favourite teachers. She went on to graduate from Newcastle College in 2008 with a BA Hons in Illustration and Animation, in which she achieved a 2:1. After leaving College, she volunteered at a local gallery where she was able to showcase her work and work alongside other artists such as Simon Donald, co-founder of the British comic magazine, Viz. She has illustrated a large number of children’s books.

Book Review

I reread it 3 times while away trying different story paths, then we did it as a family as well, making it into a game

A brilliant book to take on holiday. I reread it 3 times while away trying different story paths, then we did it as a family as well, making it into a game. This book would be really fun to use in class trying to guess who stole the machine.

I really liked the funky names of the characters, especially Burnella Milkbird and Dr Franklefink. My favourite character was Klaus, being his assistant was fun, and I liked the yeti hug. I also enjoyed the description of the police car/ dog and the witch/ caravan. It was really funny how the car still had dog like actions, e.g. getting fleas and the oil puddles, they really made me laugh.

It was a very funny book with lots of good jokes, I liked the ‘spilled milk teeth’ one the best. It was interesting to have the human as the odd one out and I liked the sound of the monsters world. The illustrations were fun and the black and white made them seem more mysterious.

I think this book is perfect for ages 6+ and a good one for all the family together, mine definitely enjoyed it.

It is a fun mix of Fighting Fantasy and Professor Layton with extra laughs.

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Reviewer Profile

Ryan junior blogger
  • Name: Ryan
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Lego, Dragonball Z and reading
  • Dislikes: being woken up and losing on computer games!
  • Favourite Book: Tom Gates: Dog Zombie Rules by Liz Pichon
  • Favourite Song: The Final Countdown by Queen
  • Favourite Film: Dragonball Z: Super Battle of the Gods