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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Buster Books (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780550723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780550725
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a hilarious tale which will be relished by young readers and have them laughing aloud (Parents in Touch)

Frighteningly good (Family Interest Magazine)

Fans of Horrid Henry will love these frighteningly good titles (Star Girl)

A worthwhile debut for a new series of the spooky and comically horrible for the very young (The Bookbag)

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There's something strange about the pupils of Rotwood - everyone's dressed as though it's Halloween and the school's motto is 'Because We Scare'. Is ten-year-old Maud Montague monstrous enough for Rotwood?

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By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2013
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A.B. Saddlewick's Monstrous Maud is a delightful creation - a wannabe witch who gets herself into all sorts of entertaining scrapes with her family and friends. Big Fright introduces us to Maud, a girl who appreciates the darker things in life, and is forever weary of her straight-laced, girly-girl twin sister Milly. While Millie is all pink dresses and fluffy clouds, Maud is gothic stripes and thunderstorms. And rats. While Maud is not exactly an anarchist, her repeated 'offences' have made her a target in school and when her pet rat escapes one day, causing havoc,she is expelled. When she enrolls in Rotwood Middle School, the fun really begins, and maybe Maud has found somewhere she can fit in, if she can b accepted.

Big Fright is the first in the Monstrous Maud series, and from what I have read of the other stories, they are all of a similarly high quality - there are plenty of jokes, th action comes thick and fast, and the characters, while cliches, are nicely written and easy to relate to. Every class will have a Maud, a Millie, or a werewolf, and every child will see a little of themselves in each characters. This easy identifying will help your child learn to love reading, by becoming invested in the characters, what they are doing, and wanting to see what they will get up to next. As well as being a nice introudction to reading, I appreciate the attempts to introduce horror to kids, in a nice, unthreatening manner. As a child I was interested in all things gruesome, losing myself in the horror section of the video store and wondering if I would ever be able to watch, or handle the scary films all around me. I didn't have an outlet for my desires then, and only had Roald Dahl to save me.
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By techpuppy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2012
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Monstrous Maud is a bit like a cross between Horrid Henry and Tuesday Addams, there's no real malice in her but she's definitely more familiar with the dark-side than her goody-goody twin sister Milly. At the beginning of Big Fright Maud gets expelled.. sorry, 'transferred' from Primrose Towers, her current school, and sent to Rotwood School just for being so creepy she's scaring away too many teachers. Maud is delighted to realise that she's the only human in a school for monsters and resolves to stay, but to keep her place she has to prove herself by scaring Mr Von Bat, her 100% fright-proof teacher, before the end of the first week...

Although Monstrous Maud is full of gothic horror references and creepy goings-on there's nothing really too scary here, it's all played for comedy rather than spookery - for example her classmate Oscar's head keeps dropping off so (with his kind permission) it's used to play Catch with at playtime. Maud herself is a bit different from her schoolmates but feels OK about it and the story is basically about being yourself and finding a way to be comfortable around other people without just copying them. It's easily read and fun, even if there's nothing too original or challenging here, and the book doesn't outstay its welcome - so it's soon time for the next instalment!
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Monstrous Maud is a great little character and a favourite of my grandchildren's. Maud's not really monstrous she's just more in-tune with her dark side and often misunderstood. We enjoyed Maud's new adventure as she's transferred to Rotwood School and tries to make friends by daring to scare her teacher, Mr. Von Bat. There's a nice contrast between the somewhat Gothic Maud and her goody-goody twin sister Milly who attends Primrose Towers School for nice children. They're chalk and cheese those two which makes for a lot of fun. There are vampires, werewolves and ghosts at Rotwood, it is a school for monsters, but they're wirtten in a way that's warm, quirky and never scary. There really isn't anything too creepy about Monstrous Maud and this series of stories. None of the darker themes are strongly developed. Maud's a nice way of teaching children that we're all human no matter how different we might appear on the surface.

We read all of the Maud books and we're looking forward to the next one.
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Maud is a bit of a monster at school, unlike her twin sister. When her pet rat gets loose in class she is asked to leave and go to Rotwood Academy. However is Maud Monsterous enough for her new school?

Maud is a bit like a female Horrid Henry, but her parents whilst a bit unattached are nothing like as bad as Henry's. Her sister is pink and girly, but Maud just isn't. However she enjoys her new school, she just has to prove she is enough of a monster to be allowed to stay.

As a parent I enjoyed it. However, much more importantly my 9 year old is loving it and whizzed through reading it in a couple of days. We will be reading more of this series.
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By Lily VINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2012
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This series of new books are about twin sisters, Milly (the 'good' one) and Maud (the less good one). Maud has a secret alternative life in a school for monsters, Rotwood Hall. The books are funny and make for compulsive reading - independently or aloud. Aimed at the 8-10 year old, they should prove to be as popular as the 'Horrid Henry' books that they remind me a little of. Recommended.
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