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Morris the Mankiest Monster Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385615116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385615112
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Must be the most revolting picture book of the year! Morris the Mankiest Monster just gets worse and worse as you read aloud the rhyming text, snot, ear wax, pustules...it's really hard to keep going. This book needs a warning to parents - they're going to have to read it over and over again - children will absolutely love it" Bookseller "DISGUSTING! I am still feeling faintly queasy after reading this book, but my class, of course, absolutely loved it! ... The illustrations are wonderfully nauseating" Child Education Plus "This is not a tale for the faint-hearted, but children who enjoyed the bottom humour of Giles Andreae's Pants will doubtless love it" Junior "This is a great new picture book written by the ever so talented Giles Andreae and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre. It has fantastic rhyming text, and Morris gets more and more gross as the story develops...this is an amazing book for reading it out-loud which will have you little ones in stitches. You will have to read this over and over again, so be prepared!" Library Mice "More marvellous muckiness" -- Helen Brown Telegraph

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Richardson on 4 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my four year old daughter and she loves it. In fact, both my wife and I love it too! It had us all in fits of giggles, pulling faces at Morris' icky antics and going "EWW!!" at all the appropriate parts.

If your children giggle at the parts of stories where the characters pick their noses or fart then buy this book immediately! If you have problems with reading a story to your child which includes the word "Pustule" then go find something else.

Honestly, I loved this book. My wife loved it and most importantly our daughter loved it. I'll probably be taking this along to my local library to recommend that they buy it in too. Simple awesome!! :D
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Michael Saunders on 30 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just read our copy of "Morris the Mankiest Monster" and immediately ordered three more for Christmas gifts. Morbidly delightful. Sarah McIntyre's artwork is stupendously disgusting in all the right ways :) She is one of the best up-and-coming children's artists we've seen. We'll buy more of her books in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ra Eades on 1 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you like laugh out loud childrens books that appeal to both adults and kids, then this is one to add to your collection. Wonderfully written and illustrated throughout this book had both me and my children, aged 3 and 7 in hysterics and going 'YUCK!' in equal measure. The level of detail in the artwork is amazing and my children loved pointing out all the little creatures who inhabit Morris's world. If you want to please your kids with a book that you and they can reread over and over or if you just like books about monsters who floss their teeth with slugs, then buy this NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr H - Book Zone (For Boys) Blog on 22 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
Morris the Mankiest Monster is possibly the most disgusting children's picture book ever and a very worthy successor to the filthy crown that for many years has been worn by Raymond Briggs and his Fungus the Bogeyman. How's this for a great set of opening lines:

"Morris the Mankiest Monster
Lives in a house made of dung
It only smells stinky enough when it's damp
So he keeps the walls wet with his tongue".

And that's one of the more pleasant quatrains in this gloriously revolting book, a more disgusting example being:

"His cheeks are encrusted with pustules
Which dribble like hot melted cheese
Warm yellow wax oozes out of his ears
And his eyebrows are riddled with fleas".

Revolting, yes? Well now imagine the illustrations that go with it and you will have a very good idea of what this book is like - Sarah McIntyre certainly does not hold back with her illustrations of Giles Andreae's hilarious rhyming words. Just look at the cover image above - I'm not sure I will ever be able to eat stringy cheese again! Sarah's illustrations are all beautifully drawn, with an incredible attention to detail that will have children poring lovingly over the pages looking for all the nastiest little creatures that live in Morris's house, and more disgustingly on his body. If there was ever a book that should come with a guarantee that it will be loved by children it is this one, and their parents will love it as well.

Experts claim that one of the best ways to get children interested in books at an early age is for their parents to read to them. For boys, this is even more important, and especially if that parent or carer is male. However, to many parents reading to their kids can be seen as something of a chore, especially after a long day at work, but reading books like Morris the Mankiest Monster could never be classified as a chore - it is just so much fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo W on 22 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is so much better than most children's books. The pictures are brilliant and the rhyming and language are great. It's fun to read aloud, you can get into a real rhythm. Having got used to being disappointed by children's books since I became a mum, I would strongly recommend this - it's a real gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. P. PRINCE on 9 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my grandchildren and they love it, the story taps into their love of monsters and grossness. they really like the pictures. Older people may see similarities with fungus the bogeyman but the colour here isbright and vibrant even if it is about being manky. Great value
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter M-F on 30 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
I saw this book on the site and I thought it sounded fun. My wife on the other hand gave me one of those looks that means I had made a big mistake. My 6 year old son (who the book was for) though it was fantastic. He took it to school and the teacher read it to the class. She said that the whole class loved the descriptions and the use of language was great and the whole class where inspired to try to write their own "manky" poems. I really liked the pictures and when we read it at bedtime we always seem to find another little object in the background that make us laugh/gag. Brilliant book I would, and have, recommended this to anybody who finds phlegm funny (any small boy then!).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Alice R. Brewer on 1 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a book you will read again and again and not grow tired of (even when your child asks you for the 50th time!). So many disgusting things on every page that you won't see them all on the first read. My 18 month old just squealed with delight at the page with jars of absolutely horrid items. Plenty of spiders, slugs and worms to spot, even children too young to appreciate the full horror of life with Morris will love it; this one will appeal to young and old alike!
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