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Monster on the Hill

Monster on the Hill
Rob Harrell
Top Shelf Productions, 2013
Audience: Childrens, Younger Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster--much to the townsfolk's delight! Each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. 

Each town, that is...except for one. 

Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive. In fact, he's a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It's up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling. 

Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life's challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts!


I went into this book based on the cover alone. I liked the art and it looked interesting. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was reading and a monster showed up, causing the tourists to be thrilled.  I loved the idea of each town having a monster and that one poor town had a less-than-ideal monster (who reminded me a bit of Eeyore.) It was delightful.

Watching Rayburn grow and get his confidence back was great and I loved Dr. Wilkie and Timothy. It was vivid and entertaining and I recommend it to everyone!

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