I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Monsters Unleashed by John Kloepfer, Mark Oliver
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by HarperCollins on July 25th 2017
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Illustrator: Mark Oliver
Also by this author: Monsters Unleashed #2: Bugging Out
A monstrously fun new series from John Kloepfer, author of the fan-favorite series The Zombie Chasers.
Freddie Liddle has a big problem: Monsters. Giant, fire-breathing, electric-shocking, bone-crunching monsters are attacking his town. Even worse, it’s Freddie’s fault. After drawing monsters based on the meanest bullies in his class, Freddie used his school’s 3D printer to make models of them. But the last thing he expected was that the monsters would come to life and keep growing, and GROWING, and GROWING.
There’s just one way to stop these oversize beasts: recruit the bullies, since only they know how the monsters think. But teaming up with his worst enemies is Freddie’s worst nightmare. Can Freddie make friends with his bullies and save his town, or will the monsters have the final ROAR?
The day was gray and cloudy, and the air felt steamy and soupy.
Here is what I thought
Monster’s Unleashed is a fun story about bullies and friendships.
Freddie is a really tall boy who only really has one friend Manny and he is always picked on by three bullies. Jordan the jock, Nina the popular girl, and Quinn the super nerd. So he draws these monsters of them and each portray how he sees them. Manny and him are going to use them to make monsters for their movie. The science teacher has a 3D printer and was going to let the boys use it but he told them that it wasn’t the right one and he has to send it back. Manny wants to use it anyway so Freddie goes along with him and that is when things go horribly wrong.
It seems that this machine creates real monsters instead of just little 3D versions. What are Freddie and Manny going to do now, they try and catch the little monsters and soon discover that they grow in water! When things get really bad Freddie realizes that the only ones who can help him and Manny fight the monsters are the three kids they are based on because they would know how the monsters would think.
I really liked this story because the bullies get to find out that Freddie isn’t all that bad if they just took the time to get to know him. Some times we judge people on their looks or weight. They would call Freddy Gigantor because he was so tall but they didn’t really know him or how he could draw and he was pretty inventive when it came to fighting the monsters.
I think this is a great story for young readers and anyone who loves to read Middle Grade books. I will be checking out other works by this author. Since this was a eARC not all the art work was there and what was there was just a sketch but I enjoyed the sketches and think they will look pretty cool when finished.