The Amazing Monster Detectoscope
28pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
My house is full of monsters. Some are big and some are small.
They lounge around the living room and huddle in the hall.
But I am going to find them all – all those monsters have no hope,
‘Cos I’ve saved up and got myself this cool DetectoScope.
And thus armed with his amazing machine our hero goes in search of the monsters, finding them in all the locations he expected -the lounge, the garden shed, his sister’s room, under the stairs, even in the kitchen drawers. By the time he gets to the 9th location, the bathroom, he’s starting to have second thoughts about this monster hunting – he’s finding way too many to be comfortable. So there is no Location Ten – he’s thrown his Detectoscope away. But suddenly the ground starts to move and buildings start to sway – it looks like the monsters are after him and they are heading his way! So does he flee in fear or does he have the courage to turn and face them?
See the name Graeme Base on a book and you know you are in for a treat – an intriguing story and outstanding, detailed artwork at the very least – and this new release is no different. But now he has added paper engineering to the mix and added a completely new dimension which is not only jaw-droppingly amazing in its detail and precision but is also intrinsic to the story as the monsters are revealed. And very scary they are too.
This is one to read aloud, read alone and read together and each experience will be different as new things reveal themselves. It is a story for all ages and we each see monsters in places where there is nothing but our imaginations and the ‘what-ifs’ so both its theme and message apply to all.
Another masterpiece that is sure to feature on awards list.