Buy Used
£2.70
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Mapmaker's Monsters 1: Beware the Buffalogre!: Beware the Buffalogre! No. 1 Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Jan 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback, Unabridged
"Please retry"
£0.01 £0.01
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330456695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330456692
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 8.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,233,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Book Description

Here be monsters! And maps! And mayhem! Meet Hugo, the apprentice mapmaker with a knack for discovering the weirdest of places . . .

About the Author

Rob Stevens is a British Airways pilot who writes between flights in hotel rooms all over the world! THE MAPMAKER'S MONSTERS is his first series for children. When at home, he lives in Dorset with his wife and two young children.

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top customer reviews

Format: Paperback
This is a page turner right from the outset which I think will engage even a reluctant reader. A combination of a fast paced and imaginative plot, and entertaining characters all set in a magical world. Children will love trying to work out the clues that the heroes need to solve in order to succeed in their quest and will enjoy the many different plays on words included in the text (some more hidden than others). Our nine year old son read it within 24 hours and our seven year old has just started tucking in. It seems to be appealing equally to both. Certainly, our eldest son has described it as "brilliant".
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Set in the time of Christopher Columbus (i.e. around 1492), this is the first in a (potentially endless...) series of books tracing the adventures of 12 year old orphaned mapmaker Hugo Bailey, who is itching for adventure and is learning cartography from his uncle Walter. It is very much a boys' book, for age 8 up to perhaps 11. Any child older than that should be looking for something more challenging, because this is little more than a shallow boys adventure story.

Hugo and Uncle Walter are serving as mapmakers to the comically inept Rupert Lillywhite, whose father has bought him an explorers ship and the rank of Admiral. Together with a predictably useless comedy crew they sail off to try to fulfil Lillywhite's ambition of equalling Columbus and becoming famous for discovering a new continent or at least a new island. The land they find is full of strange creatures and the setting for the main adventure in the book - Hugo's quest to find the Silver Acorn and rescue Uncle Walter from the clutches of the hideous Buffalogres before they eat him at the half moon feast. There are plenty of other baddies along the way, such as Vampire Beetles, Flesh Eating Slugs, Scavagors (monster flying rats) and three headed snakes. Fortunately for Hugo he is helped in his quest by friendly creatures he meets on the island, Savage the brave mouse, Pigasus the conceited, always hungry, flying pig, Snowdon a strong bear like creature, Kramer the two headed crocodile and Delphina who is Merphin (a bit like a mermaid) and very much a token female - she does hardly anything, and actually gets left behind half way through the adventure while the "boys" carry on to the end (very poor show Mr Stevens!!)

There is also a very wise but very small guide called Noah Tall.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
All,

I got this book free when my son was only 6.5 and after looking at the cover I didn't push it. My son now nearlly 7 picked this book up and started to show interest in it. (This is a great step on from the usual looking at dinosaur and shark factual books). However having read a few pages I still did not think he was old enough to read it because the concepts still seemed above him.

However through a combination of reading the first few chapters to him and then him taking it on (under guided reading) he has progressed through the whole book. Clearly at the age of 7 he will not have understood at the age of 7 every definition of every word, however he has understood an awful lot.

During the course of the book I have assisted with a couple of the reading sessions and the book has been a page turner (contrary to some reviewers comments) and I was genuinely intrigued to find out how they escaped.

One comment for the 6-7 category, my son loved the book and was capable of reading it, he just didnt like the scarey picture in his room at bedtime....a minor inconvenience for reading a proper book. Now I just need the schools to give slightly more advanced stories than 'owl stage 3!!!'
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book was a very good read, and I thought it was very good. At first it was quite hard to get into, it was quite a slow starter, but when I got into it I couldn't put it down.All the interesting characters and beasts made me want to read on, this book is different from others I have read. It has a simple use of language but can't paint an amazing image in your head.The story line of the book is interesting but not confusing, and makes you think. as you work your way through the book you really start to feel as if you are there watching Hugo explore.I would strongly recommend this book to any one of any age, as I'm sure it would appeal to all ages.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
including those who are no longer children ;-)

Hugo and his Uncle Walter (both Mapmakers) join the crew of the El Tonto Perdito or 'The Lost Fool' aptly named by Christopher Columbus who has had the misfortune to meet the pompous Admiral Rupert Lillywhite soon to be (he hopes) a great discoverer of new continents and lands.

After many months of sailing, land is spotted and Hugo and his Uncle are offered the choice to land and explore the island or walk the plank.......obviously they choose the former. What they find there is unlike anything ever seen on this earth before. Talking Mice, Flying Pigs, Princely Bears, Mermaids, Magical Trolls, Buffalogres and creatures that look like giant flying rats. Hugo's Uncle is taken by one of these flying rats and Hugo sets off determined to rescue him. Along the way he is befriended by Pigasus (nice play on words), Delphina a kind of mermaid, Savage the talking mouse and Snowdon the Bear. They tell him that the odious Buffalogres will store all their prey until the next half moon when they will eat them so the race is on to save everyone caught in their labyrinth.

To save the Island and their friends, Hugo must decipher the clues on a piece of driftwood he has found and then find the 'great prize' which will restore the Island to its former harmony. I wouldn't like to say what the great prize is because it maybe a spoiler.

The friends have many amazing adventures along the way and the story is fact paced and unputtdownable. It is so well written I would recommend it very highly indeed. What age group? Difficult to say because it depends on how advanced some children are in their reading but in general I would say from 9-10 upwards and as it is such a nice, easy read it could also double up as a bedtime story book for reading out loud.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews