Sunday, November 25, 2018

[ARC REVIEW] Diary of a Monster by Valeria Davila

Title:  Diary of a Monster

Author:  Valeria Davila

Artist:  Laura Aguerrebehere

Genre:  Children's / Humor / Monsters

Year Published: 2018

Year Read:  2018


Source:   eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Gross Humor)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

I would like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading “Diary of an Ogre,” I was actually surprised that there were several companion novels to the “Dear Diary” series and I was so excited to check out the newest book in the series “Diary of a Monster!”

The book explores about what life for a monster is like as we get to see the world through a monster’s point of view.  The titular monster in the story writes in his diary about the various things that he does as a monster such as terrifying the people he comes across, being one of the smelliest beings among his fellow monsters and eating worm cakes and mosquitoes!

Wow! Valeria Davila has done it again with writing this series in such a hilarious and creative way!  I loved the way that Valeria Davila explored the world through a monster’s point of view and we get to see what kind of activities the monsters do and how they feel about doing these activities.  I also loved the fact that the titular monster in this book is actually proud of being a monster, despite all the disgusting things that he does throughout the book such as being the smelliest monster around and eating mosquitoes and worm cakes.  It shows that the message of this book is being yourself, no matter how strange or frightening you might look towards other people.  Laura Aguerrebehere’s artwork is as usual humorous and fun to look at as we get to see the monster’s activities in all its disgusting glory!  I especially loved the images of the monster scaring off the tourists on an island and the green stink clouds that surround the monster to indicate how smelly he is.

Parents should know that there is some gross humor in this book such as images of the monster cooking up a stew made out of rats and cockroaches and images of the monster eating mosquitoes and worms. 

Overall, “Diary of a Monster” is a fantastic book for anyone who is a huge fan of books about monsters and it is definitely worth the read!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since some of the gross humor might be a bit too much for some children.

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