Kid’s Review: I Can Catch a Monster

Kid’s Review: I Can Catch a Monster

About the Book and Author

This picture book by award-winning author and illustrator Bethan Woollvin is bold, bright and stereotype busting.

Meet Bo the Brave. She’s smart, she’s strong, and she’s definitely in charge. Bo’s brothers say she is too little to catch a monster. But Bo has other ideas, so she sets off on a quest to capture herself a beast.

Can she defeat the furious griffin, conquer the hideous kraken and triumph over the monstrous dragon, or at least make friends with them?

This story is published by Two Hoots , who also publish Bethan’s series of fairytale picture books.

I Can Catch a Monster front cover
Beth Woollvin

Originally from Essex, Bethan graduated from the BA Illustration course at the Cambridge School of Art and is best known for her fiesty feminist fairytale re-tellings in picture book format for young readers.

Bethan’s distinctive, limited palette retelling of Little Red Riding Hood was the first picture book Bethan had ever created, and it went on to win the prestigious Macmillan Prize 2014 for Children’s Picture Book Illustration. A wickedly beautiful book, Little Red was published in the UK by Macmillan imprint Two Hoots in March 2016, and went on to be named as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016.

Bethan went on to illustrate The Amazing Adventures of Freddie Whitemouse (Mantle, 2016). Followed by her second picture book, Rapunzel (June, 2017) and Hansel and Gretel (May, 2018), both published by Two Hoots. October 2019 saw Bethan illustrate Sally Nicols’ The Button Book with Andersen Press. You can find our more about her art from her blog.

Book Review

I thought that this book was amazing because I like monsters so much

Review by 7 year old Jay:

This is a book about a brave girl called Bo who goes on a quest to catch a monster. On the way she meets a griffin, the kraken and a dragon. She soon realises that some monsters live closer to home!
I thought that this book was amazing because I like monsters so much.
I give it 5 stars.”


Feedback from Mrs Haynes, Class 3 Teacher at Milecastle Primary School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

I shared the story with my class and they loved it! They are all really interested in mythical creatures and monsters so it was right up their street. They also did some fantastic drawings of the characters after the lesson.
Thank you again for another lovely book and writing opportunity, it really gives them a purpose and it always makes them do their best!

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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Jay
  • Name: Jay
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: bike-rides, playing on Roblox and cucumber
  • Dislikes: tomatoes and wasps
  • Favourite Book: Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
  • Favourite Film: Despicable Me 3
  • Favourite Song: Believer by Imagine Dragons