Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for My Brother is a Monster / My Sister is a Monster by Natalie Reeves Billing and Lisa Williams.
Two Books in 1! The Monstrous Me Collection are split perspective books looking at situations from other points of view, helping children develop a sense of balance, roundedness and wellbeing. Readers can literally and figuratively, turn the story on its head, and look at the very same situations from different angles. In this book, a brother and sister are convinced the other is a monster. But, are they really? When we look at the story from the other side, we see a very different story.
Oh, but what a pleasure it is to return yet again to this delightful series. Back in July 2020, I chatted about the first book in the series, My Mummy is a Monster. I said,
‘This is such an unsual and interesting picture book. Written in rhyme and surrounded with bright, colourful, fun illustrations this will be a super book to share with your little monsters.‘
Then in September 2020, I returned to talk about My Daddy is a Monster. Well, this time it’s the kids turn to let us know just what monsters brothers and sisters can be… Or can they?
The emphasis is on the fact that there are always two sides to every story and it encourages both children and adults to look at things from the perspective of others. I think this, just like the previous two books, will give pause for thought and will give the opportunity for both siblings and parents to express their feelings and talk openly to one another. Again the gentle rhyme makes a fun, gentle read and the wonderful illustrations by Lisa Williams complement the writing perfectly.
There is so much to see and talk about, this would make the perfect bedtime read – and there are those pesky Monstrometers to find along the way.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to Natalie for the beautiful finished copy to read and review. I adore this series! The Monstrous Me collection is a wonderful addition to any families book collection and there really is a story to suit all. Perhaps we’ll even see My Teacher is a Monster next?
About the author
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now,
Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter at @BillingReeves.
and on Facebook at @NatalieRBillingAuthor
and on Instagram at @natalie_reeves-billing
About the illustrator
Lisa Williams decided to be an illustrator whilst she was still in primary school. She has been illustrating children’s books, magazines and educational material for nearly 25 years. Whilst taking on commercial work, Lisa took a teacher training course, but since qualifying, her commercial success has been such she hasn’t had the time to teach!
Lisa is one of the talented illustrators for Team Author UK. This allows her to work with a variety of authors and the opportunity to develop an array of styles.
You can follow Lisa on Facebook at @lisawilliamsillustration
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