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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
In The Mistaken Monster by Paul Bird, Sarah, Jack, Emma, and their families are on a five-day holiday. It seems like a fun place, but there are rules from the landlord the children must follow. Don't use the ax, don't use matches, don't go past the Keep Out sign at the end of the road because the man owning the property is not a nice man. So as the kids start playing, Jack found a bunch of rabbits, adults, and babies, and as they followed them, Emma's little dog decided to chase them. Right through the sign that said: "No Entry. Private Property. Trespassers Prosecuted." There was no time to stop, they had to catch Emma's dog. Then they came to another gate with barbed wire and another sign that said "Absolutely No Entry - DO Not Pass At This Point." That should have made them go back, but they couldn't leave Emma's dog alone with a monster man...
I enjoyed this cute story. The characters are easy to love and believe in. Author Paul Bird does a very nice job writing this story to make it fun and enjoyable for children of all ages, and he adds enough mystery to the plot to have children trying to figure it all out. I found Jack was especially adventurous, encouraging Emma and Sarah to follow him, which they usually did. There are a few nice surprises in The Mistaken Monster by Paul Bird, and also some valuable lessons that will have the children and their mums glad they came on this holiday. I encourage you to check out this sweet Australian tale for your own child's reading time.