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The Mapmaker's Monsters 1: Beware the Buffalogre!: Beware the Buffalogre! No. 1 Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Jan 2009
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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.
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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 ›
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!!!'
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.
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Not the greatest children's book you will ever read but there is enough here to keep most entertained. Doesn't really take itself to seriously, like many kids books do. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2009 by A. Willmer
This a well-written page-turner telling the tale of Hugo, a 12 year old orphan, as he sets sail with his uncle, a map-maker in the time of Christopher Coloumbus and world... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2009 by ELH Browning
My son, who's 8 years old loves this book. I tend to read a couple of chapters to him at bedtime and if I suggest that he goes to bed early so we can read a few more chapters, he... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2009 by M. Bell
Very imaginative page turner - unusual to find something so original with all the components of great fantasy - historical elements, strange creatures and maps! Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2009 by Mr. D. A. Cure
I have reviewed this item three times and none of them have been published. My 9 year old can't wait for the sequel, e felt this book was brilliant and puts it up in the same... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2009 by Victor Meldrew Mk2
I really liked this book because it was very exciting, and it left you with a cliffhanger at the end. Now I want to read the next book in the series! Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2009 by Shady Tree
Well written with a nice steady pace this is a book that will clearly appeal to a wide range of children, although possibly aimed more at boys than girls. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2009 by Ren
I really liked this book because it was very exciting, and it left you with a cliffhanger at the end. Now I want to read the next book in the series! Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2009
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