Every Hero Starts Somewhere: Read our Review of Monster Hunting for Beginners by Ian Mark

Every Hero Starts Somewhere: Read our Review of Monster Hunting for Beginners by Ian Mark

Monster Hunting isn’t as easy as it looks. And Jack should know, because an ogre has just appeared in his garden and tried to EAT HIS AUNT (she was the winner of the World’s Worst Aunt competition, but that’s not the point).

After (sort of accidentally) defeating the ogre, Jack finds himself apprenticed to a grumpy, 200-year-old monster hunter called Stoop and heading off to Cornwall, where more ogres are causing havoc.

All he has are his wits, his catapult, and a magical—sometimes unreliable—book called Monster Hunting for Beginners. Jack’s a bit worried he might not be the hero everyone’s waiting for. But then again, how many terrifying, bloodthirsty monsters can there really be?

Answer: ABSOLUTELY LOADS. And a bear called Humbert.

I adored this first book in the brand new fantasy series from Irish debut author Ian Mark. Monster Hunting for Beginners is a hilarious and accessible story, packed full of illustrations that give a twist to all your favourite fairytales and change everything you thought you knew about monsters!

This novel is fresh, unique, and full of adventure! Jack’s not your stereotypical monster hunter. He’s small, clumsy, his hair covers his eyes, and he’s ‘not built for trouble.’ He’s just a regular kid, proving that anyone can be a hero.

While there might be ogres, bogeymen, and crusted hairy snot nibblers, I thought Jack’s personality and humour was the most exciting aspect of the novel. It’s important for young readers to see themselves in a character, and I think anyone can relate to Jack’s funny, witty, and charming traits.

If you’re a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon series, Charlie Changes into a Chicken, and Mr Gum, then you’ll adore this book! This funny new adventure series is perfect for apprentice monster hunters aged eight to 800. And remember, every hero has to start somewhere.

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Adventure and Fantasy: Read an Extract from Monster Hunting for Beginners by Ian Mark

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6 August 2021

Adventure and Fantasy: Read an Extract from Monster Hunting for Beginners by Ian Mark

Synopsis

Monster Hunting isn’t as easy as it looks. And Jack should know. Because an ogre has just appeared in his garden and tried to EAT HIS AUNT. (She was the winner of the World’s Worst Aunt competition, but that’s Not The Point). After (sort of accidentally) defeating the ogre, Jack finds himself apprenticed to a grumpy, 200-year-old monster hunter called Stoop and heading off to Cornwall, where more ogres are causing havoc. All he has are his wits, his catapult and a magical – sometimes unreliable – book called Monster Hunting for Beginners. Jack’s a bit worried he might not be the hero everyone’s waiting for. But then again, how many terrifying, bloodthirsty monsters can there really be? (Answer: ABSOLUTELY LOADS. And a bear called Humbert). A hilarious and accessible story, packed full of illustrations – that gives a twist to all your favourite fairytales and will change everything you thought you knew about monsters! Perfect for apprentice monster hunters aged 8 to 800.
Ian Mark
About the author

Ian Mark

Ian Mark is an author and monster hunter living in Northern Ireland with his family, two cats he likes and one cat he doesn't. With his partner, he has written adult thrillers under the pen name Ingrid Black. Ian spends many hours staring into space, trying to decide whether the best book ever written is Virginia Woolf's The Waves or Enid Blyton's Book Of Brownies. His own work, he thinks, sits somewhere between those two poles.

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  1. Dajo Finlayson says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun for middle school readers. I look forward to reading it. 😊