Monstrous Maud: Big Fright Paperback – 3 May 2012
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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)
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A worthwhile debut for a new series of the spooky and comically horrible for the very young (The Bookbag)
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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.Read more ›
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!
We read all of the Maud books and we're looking forward to the next one.
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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I finally found out how Maud got to Rotwood. I am addicted to these books. FANTASTIC book great for childrenPublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
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Monstrous Maud is a series of humourous books much loved by my 8 year old daughter written by A. B. Saddlewick and illustrated by Sarah Horne. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by Karen Baxter
As other reviewer have noted, this character is reminiscent of Horrid Henry.
It's a great story about a girl with seemingly dreadful behaviour and an angelic
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Monstrous Maud starts a new school and tries to make herself popular by trying to scare her new teacher Mr Von Bat!
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I got two Monstrous Maud books for my 9 year old daughter who likes to read.
She love the book so much she went through both of them within a week, even reading bits in... Read more
This book is brilliant and really hits the spot for those 6 + confident young readers. I never expected to enjoy this as much as I did. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by xenofan
Aimed at the tween market, Maud is opposite of her pink and sparkly good sister. she has a darker side and attends the school for monsters, Rotwood hall. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2013 by Leaving the room... mic drop