The Monster Catchers Blog Tour
Title: The Monster Catchers
Author: George Brewington
Series: Bailey Bucklestory #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: 05 March 2019
Source: Smith Publicity
Rating: 3 Stars
If there's something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?
Buckleby and Son!
Buckleby and Son!
Whether it's a goblin in the garden or a fairy in the attic, Bailey Buckleby and his dad can rid your home of whatever monster is troubling you—for the right price. But when Bailey discovers that his dad has been lying—their pet troll Henry is actually a kidnapped baby sea giant—he begins to question the family business. Enter Axel Pazuzu, criminal mastermind, who will stop at nothing to make a buck. With everyone and everything he loves in peril, it's up to Bailey to save his family and set things right in this funny, fantastical adventure.
I was really intrigued by the synopsis because it sounded similar to Ghostbusters but for middle-grade readers and instead of ghosts, there are monsters. I think that this book might be a fun read to help get my reading juices flowing for my holiday.
Thank you so much to Smith Publicity for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own!
The writing was descriptive which sometimes made the pace slower and the book a little more difficult to read. I was also not a huge fan of the dialogue that I believed didn't always flow naturally. However, with that being said, I thought that the pacing of each chapter was well done and that in the grand scheme of things, this book was easy to read and also fun.
The plot starts off with a band and doesn't really slow down from there. I loved how we were introduced to each monster and that we were able to see what Bailey's dad thought and what Bailey had hoped to be true. I think that this book follows a great concept that makes things fun for young readers.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the cast of characters. I thought that they were all proud and boastful and seemed to feel as if they are always showing off. I did like how Bailey was a strong character and someone who young readers can draw inspiration from.
Overall, I liked this book. It didn't grab my attention to the extent that I wanted more right away but I did enjoy what I read. I thought that the writing carried a lot of detail which helped create images of the monsters. The plot was filled with action from the beginning to the end. However, I just didn't connect with the characters but I think that a lot of younger readers will have a lot in common with Bailey. This book wasn't for me but my age group is not the intended audience. I think that a lot of younger readers will enjoy this book. Thank you so much to Smith Publicity for providing me with a copy of this book!
Yours in Reading,