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Minute Review: The Monster on the Hill

The Deets:
Audience: anyone
Pages: 186
Publisher: August 6th 2013 by Top Shelf Productions (first published July 17th 2013)
ISBN: 9781603090759
Genre: graphic novel
Source: Library book

Monster on the HillIn a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster--much to the townsfolk's delight! Each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism.

Each town, that is...except for one.

Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive. In fact, he's a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It's up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.

Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life's challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts. 

The Monster on the Hill is a super cute book. I saw it on the shelf in the kids' section of the library while browsing with my son, and I just had to pick it up. The monster's face just makes me giggle. He reminds me of my grumpy, extra surely dog.

Just like any good graphic novel, there are amazing pictures in The Monster on the Hill. In fact, I'd even say there are OUTSTANDING pictures. Everything is in full color and has great detail. The depressed monster, Rayburn, has vivid facial expressions and mannerisms. The story is also fun to read. It's not what I expected. I didn't bother reading the synopsis, so I didn't have any idea of what the book was about. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the people in these towns like being terrorized by their monsters. Hilarious.

Rayburn has hit a bit of a rough patch. He's not feeling too monsterly and given up on his monster duties. He feels like a failure. That is, until a very unlikely solution-- in the form of a capable street urchin and an off-beat doctor-- come to help.   

I read The Monster on the Hill in about 30 minutes. Like most graphic novels, it's a super fast read. I really enjoyed the story line and illustrations. I was rooting for Rayburn all the way!


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Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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