Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.
Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.
Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?
Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.
This is a simple but endearing story with a deeper message running through the threads of the tale. This deeper message revolves around the theme of working together and sharing what we have, and follows a group of mashed-up, ‘misfit monsters’ who all live together near a dump. I love it when a children’s book is able to is able to use simple language to present a detailed and important idea – in this case, the importance of learning to share things and work together. And this one certainly ticks the boxes of simplicity – choosing and sticking with a focus, and also using language children will be able to read and easily understand.
I really liked the idea of ‘misfits’ in this story, especially when taking into account the age of the target audience. I think it’s really important to show young readers people to look up to who aren’t presented as appearing perfect. Not everything has to always work out and be all shiny and fantastic – and that is something that I feel is very important for children to see. I recently wrote an essay about a similar subject – speaking about how important representation is in novels and stories. You see, the ability to see themselves as the heroes in a story can have a huge impact on children, allowing them to feel like the heroes of their own story. And on the flipside, being able to see interesting and unique role models in the books they read is a fantastic thing. This book certainly fulfils that criteria!
Another great, ‘role-modelly’ thing about this book was how it encouraged inventive actions and problem solving – which, again, is great for young children to see as an important feature in the books they read. The misfit monsters live near a place where the humans dump all of their rubbish, and then head out to bagsy useful items and transform them into things they can use themselves. The main character, Zafi, is a prolific creator and inventor, who is constantly searching for more old things to transform into useful objects. She’s always ready to learn from those around her, and passionately creates all sorts of things – from toasters and front doors to an entire self-made plumbing system. In a world where women are often seen as less suited to invention and creativity, seeing a female role model who’s so passionate about those things is a great thing for young people.
Overall, I’d say that this book is a great one for young people to read. It teaches good lessons and provides a unique role model for young readers. It is a simpler read, but as a person who is no longer a child, I still enjoyed reading this book!
About the Author…
Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for co-ordinating this blog tour, and to the author, for providing me with a review copy!