Eva was instantly drawn to the cover of the book. She has a dog of her own so she immediately mentioned the dog and also liked the shininess of the cover. She enjoyed the illustrations on each page. They are big, vibrant and easy to view for little readers. There are lots of different compelling characters to hear about. However, Eva just couldn't seem to listen to the story. I think there are quite a lot of 'big' words in the book for a 3 year old and I think this was confusing her slightly. She definitely struggled to keep up with the story. Even though the names of things are very imaginative she couldn't understand the concept of the underworld called undermunder etc. She did love looking at the book and as previously mentioned she was fascinated with the dog Waggy Burns. She was more than happy to discuss the dog's own adventures on each page. He's clearly her favourite character in the book.
As a parent I think the book is great for little readers who are older than Eva's age. She is slightly younger than 3 so maybe that age gap makes all the difference. At this age the words were just a bit too much for Eva to understand.
I think it's wonderful to see a girl as the main character in a monster book. Girl's need a tough character to look up to who is strong and brave and I think Kristina has achieved that in this book.
The illustrations are lovely and there are great aspects to the story with lots of problem solving and adventure.
It would make a good addition to any book shelf. We definitely still have it on ours, ready to revisit when Eva is a bit older.
Have you read any of Kristina Stephenson's books?