Maurice the Unbeastly – Book Review – updated post

My kids are fast growing out of picture based books but my Little Man still loves them and I love them because the illustrations are usually delightful.

We were all impressed by the illustrations in this book, Maurice the Unbeastly.


Hardcover: 26 pages
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454919531
ISBN-13: 978-1454919537
Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1 x 27.9 cm
As you can see Maurice was a very attractive beast, much to his parents dismay.

So his parents send him off to The Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts.
But, things didn’t really go to plan!












The moral of the story is there is nothing wrong with being different, and this is put across brilliantly.
Maurice becomes he hero when the Academy is invaded by a scary creature and soon earns a different but positive place in the Academy. A nice touch is how none of the monsters in the Academy look the same, it’s certainly a celebration of being different that young children will relate to.

The story by Amy Dixon is lovely and the illustrations by Karl James Mountford really bring the book to life.
Released on October 7th 2017 you can purchase this hardback book for £12.95.

About the Author:

Amy Dixon is one of seven siblings so the only peace and quiet she got was inside a book. Amy and her husband Rob wrangle their four beasts in Clovis, California where she encourages them on a daily basis to be less beastly.

About the Illustrator:

Karl James Mountford has been drawing, painting and generally making a mess since he was a kid. This hasn’t changed much as he’s gotten older. Born in Germany, he was brought up in the UK and currently lives in Wales. He and his sketchbooks rarely get a day off.

Disclosure: We were sent this book to review from TheGMCGroup where you can purchase all kinds of lovely books for all ages. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  1. mummyhereandthere
    October 4, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    What a brilliant book, I love the detail and pictures, looks like something that can get kids excited to read X #mmbc

  2. October 16, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    The illustrations in this look fab! Great review, I'll keep an eye out for this one! #KLTR

  3. October 20, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Looks great, love the style of the illustrations #KLTR

  4. Angela Key Milnes
    October 28, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I have not read this book and the illustrations are different to the type of books I usually read but I think I would like this. Thanks for sharing your review with KLTR Kids Love To Read.!

  5. November 12, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    This looks like a fab book, I love the idea behind it. #kltr

  6. Laura
    November 18, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I like books that celebrate differences I think it's really important for children to read. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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