Blog tour: ‘Monster Hunting for Beginners,’ by Ian Mark, illustrated by Louis Ghibault.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the first in a brand new series of monstrously funny books for readers aged 8+

Monster Hunting isn’t as easy as it looks. And Jack should know. Because an ogre has just appeared in his garden and tried to eat his aunt. (She was the winner of the World’s Worst Aunt competition, but that’s Not The Point). After (sort of accidentally) defeating the aunt-eating ogre, Jack finds himself apprenticed to a tiny, grumpy, 200-year-old monster hunter called Stoop and heading off to Cornwall, where more ogres are terrorising the town of King’s Nooze.

All he has are his wits, his catapult and a magical – sometimes unreliable – book called Monster Hunting for Beginners.

Not gonna lie, Jack’s a bit worried he might not be the hero the residents of King’s Nooze were waiting for. But then again, how many terrifying, bloodthirsty monsters can there really be out there?

(Answer: ABSOLUTELY LOADS. And a bear called Humbert).


This story is a brilliant blend of familiar fairy tales and some extremely weird and wonderful beasts – anyone want to meet a Crusted Hairy Snot Nibbler?! Readers will be howling with laughter as much as with terror when they encounter some of the creatures conjured up by author Ian Mark.

Ian’s fantastic writing and the generous helping of illustrations by Louis Ghibault help draw children into Jack’s world. They can pick up their catapults and join alongside him as Jack takes up his apprenticeship with a 200-year-old monster hunter called Stoop and heads off to Cornwall.

My youngest son read this story too and says that anyone who likes funny books, crazy monsters, and laughing a lot, would definitely enjoy it.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Farshore for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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