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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Maura Harper

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super cool story about a kid who doesn’t feel like he fits in or has friends. He is always the new kid in town and doesn’t make friends easily.

So of course he creates his own best friend.

This is one of those books that I think would be enjoyed by humans of all ages. There are great visuals and lessons learned.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Felicia Bates

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monty and the Monster
By Rhonda Smiley
5 out of 5 stars

Monty and the Monster is the exact kind of book I would have loved when I was younger. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my children when they’re a bit older.
Monty and the Monster was creative fun from start to finish but not without holding meaning within the story line. Great book!

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Lyndsey Fairley

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley
4 stars

This was such a good read. While aimed at younger readers, I enjoyed this story. My kiddos are just a tad young to understand or sit through a book this length, I will save this for future reading time.
Tired of moving around because of his dads job, Monty discovers a serum in their new house and that’s when things get really interesting. All he wanted was a friend but you’ll have to read to uncover what happens.
Taught some valuable lessons and had some laughs too. Author did a great job of getting into the mind of an early teenager.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

5-Stars

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley was an excellent, fun, and family friendly novel. Monty was a very creative and well developed character. His struggle adapting to a new town and having to make new friends is something many individuals can relate to. It was an excellent way to make him seem more realistic and relatable. I had no problem identifying with him and remember having the same issues as a young girl when my family moved.

I also enjoyed how easy the storyline was to follow and how the author really made everything come to life. I also loved the various settings and how descriptive the author was in following Monty into the secret passage at the beginning of the book. I feel this book is appropriate for younger readers as well as older but not younger than maybe 5th or 6th grade level due to the amount of pages and different vocabulary used. I do highly recommend this book since it was a fun read.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Angelina Frazzini

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Monty the Monster by Rhonda Smiley is a fun book to read. Definitely something that middle schoolers/young adults might enjoy reading.

Monty is a 7th grader who has once again moved to a new place. It’s hard to make and keep friends when you move around so much. Monty finds a serum and decides to create a friend which should be much easier than making friends. However, things don’t go according to plan and Monty May have created a monster…literally. Monty has to come up with a new plan once he realizes his monster best friend may be eating neighborhood kids.

This book was a fun read but also very relatable for young people. Monty’s character can be easily related to at almost any age though. Making friends is not easy!

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monty and The Monster was a cute, fun, and enjoyable read. I think that this is a perfect read for any young adult. Monty Hyde has moved again and that means less time his father is home with work, his brother bus with friends that no one will not notice he is the outcast again. One day he decides to make a friend of his own. But what happens when this friend is a monster and just might be eating the kids in the area!?
Rhonda Smiley did an awesome job with the book. A story of family, friends, with laughs and so many smiles. I let my eleven year old read the book and she loved it even more than I did. We both give this book 5 stars.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Sarah Oakes

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about friendships. Monty always has trouble making friends. When he moves house again, he struggles to fit in and finds bullies everywhere. Whilst exploring his new house, he finds a trapdoor in the attic leading to underground chambers full of old crates and notes about old experiments. Full of excitement, Monty decides to literally make a friend. his friends turns out to be a furry monster with mysterious abilities. Can Monty keep his monster hidden from the world before scientists get to him?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Monty standing up for himself but vulnerable underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the mysterious and bubbly Houdini or the creepy Dr Petrovic
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the rickety house full of cracked floors and spider webs and lofty attic for a sense of the gothic. Or the scenes in the underground with the rope ladder and tunnels for a sense of adventure, dark and dangerous and exciting wonderfully written. Or the scenes in the skate park full of life and people and a sense of wonder as a place away from it all for Monty. Or with the monster and giant size with its colourful fur and teeth and claws and the green slime straight out of a sci fi novel, strange and weird and wonderful.
the combination of horror with monsters and experiments and a child’s story with school and bullies combined perfectly to make a captivating read. I loved the sense of the horror genre existing in a kids narrative, a place you wouldn’t expect it and makes it fresh and exciting. I also liked the nods to horror stories like with Hyde and the hints to Frankenstein later on was a lovely addition. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Monty and the Monster was such an enjoyable read – I really enjoyed it. The author’s creative writing style captured my interest straight away and I can imagine older children/young adults would definitely enjoy the story. I really liked the character Monty and thought that he was really relatable and I can imagine that children would easily relate to some of the situations that he finds himself in. The story could definitely be used as a great teaching tool at times.
I would definitely recommend this story for young children/adults – I think the creative storyline along with the relatable characters would make it a very enjoyable read for them. There are some good twists in the story that will get them thinking about what could happen.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Heather Lovelace

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This wonderful story is specifically targeted to an audience in the tween/teen category. It is detailed, quirky, quick witted, and deals solidly with real troubles facing that age group without being condescending or belittling. I found the premise charming and the MC relatable and funny. I really enjoyed reading this book and believe, no matter what age you are, you will find something to love in these pages.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monty and The Monster by Rhonda Smiley is such an appealing story that everyone will enjoy reading this book.
Although it is clearly aimed slightly older children my daughter loved me reading this book to her. I can already tell that this will be a book we come back to time and time again. The characters were brilliant. They were loveable and easy for a young child to connect with.
The author has done an amazing job at writing in a way that will appeal to children who can read on their own but also appealing to people like myself, who are reading to their children. Although it is a children’s book I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author touched on some relatable topics and handled them in a fun and imaginative way. This is a great book for children that I would recommend!

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