Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ for organising this tour and to Robin Bennett and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

First book in the hilarious Monster Max series

Max is an unusual 9-year-old. He can turn himself into a huge, bin- eating monster by BURPING. Being a monster is brilliant, unless he sneezes (which turns him back) and he finds himself far from home in just his pants.

Max decides to be more responsible and ‘protect and do good stuff’, starting with catching a local vandal. But his nemesis, Peregrine, is convinced Max is the vandal, and invents his POOP (Portable Operating Omni Prison) machine to trap him. If Peregrine can prove the truth, Max and his mother could be put in a zoo … or worse. Max will have to use his wits as well as his strength to catch the real culprit, before Peregrine can catch him…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monster-Max-Bobble-Hat-Forgetting-ebook/dp/B088BJLLTM/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Monster-Max-Bobble-Hat-Forgetting-ebook/dp/B088BJLLTM/

https://fireflypress.co.uk/books/monster-max/

My Thoughts

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is a delightful tale that will make children giggle and cheer with triumph when reading and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Max is no ordinary boy! And neither are his parents. With a burp, Max can transform into a huge, orange monster with strong and powerful limbs.  He realises that he can use his special power for good and has many adventures helping people.  What he doesn’t count on is clever Peregrine, who is determined to catch a monster, and a little trouble causer who is giving Max a bad name.  

Max’s adventures are hilarious, and I love the little sides of sarcasm and humour in the book.  His world is quirky and magical but also quite normal too so that young children can identify with Max.  The writing is fast paced and action packed and there is never a dull moment.  It was a really enjoyable read and I can imagine children will love joining Max on his adventures.    

The Illustrations really help to tell the story and provide such a good visual to help younger readers with their comprehension as well as bring the characters to life.  Sometimes it’s hard to imagine amazing inventions and cray characters and the pictures really help with this.  They are bright and colourful and I can image all the discussions from youngsters around them.

As a teacher I always think about how I would use children’s books in the classroom and Monster Max provides a bounty of stimulus.  I’d look at writing through the eyes of Max and his adventures and maybe create a new adventure for him or there is the possibility of expanding on and writing mum’s back story too.  I’d love to encourage children to create and then market their own monster catching inventions.

My only complaint is that there is so much packed into the story that it could have been longer, giving more detail to each events.  However I do wonder if that would then make the book too complicated and targeted to a different age group.

This is a wonderful and hilarious book that children will love to read, or have read to them.

Author Bio – Robin Bennett

Aged 21 Robin was all set to become a cavalry officer; aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant gravedigger in south London wondering where it all went wrong. Robin has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses from dog- sitting to cigars, tuition to translation. The list is quite exhausting. Robin is married with three young children. He spends his time between Pau in the Pyrenées and Henley-on- Thames.  

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is Robin’s first book with Firefly Press publishing in February 2021. He has also written other books for children, published with Monster Books

Rampaging Rugby, first in the Stupendous Sports non-fiction series for 7-11-year-olds will publish August 2021. 

Follow Robin on Twitter @writer_robin and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/robinbennettauthor/

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