It's raining and Barnaby is bored. Then he has a brilliant idea: he's going to make a den. "But a monster might move in!" say Mum and Dad. Barnaby's den is made of cushions and bits of sofa - far too cosy for a monster. But playing by himself isn't much fun and soon Barnaby wishes a monster would move in. BIG MISTAKE! A laugh-out-loud romp from best-selling author, Timothy Knapman (Dinosaurs in the Supermarket and Mungo and the Pirate Book Pirates). This funny picture book celebrates friendship, imagination and play. Children will love the bright and lively illustrations - a book to banish rainy day blues.
"this is a book that lends itself to discussion and asking children predictive questions. Illustrations are colorful and cartoonlike. Children will relate to the issue of boredom when real friends are not available for play dates.
VERDICT With these friendly monster illustrations, many children may wish they had a Burple that could come and visit for the day."
School Library Journal (USA)
"We loved this book about Barnaby, who, bored on a rainy day, decides to make a den. What will happen if a monster moves in? Well, they become the best of friends of course! Exciting adventures ensue."
Angels & Urchins
"Brilliant ideas have some unexpected consequences in this monstrously funny story from the ever-inventive Timothy Knapman.
Bored Barnaby’s antics with gorgeous green monster Burple will tickle the funny bones of every child who likes to get one up on their silly mum and dad.
It’s raining and Barnaby is bored inside the house. Then he has a brilliant idea… he’s going to make a sofa den with cushions and a rug. ‘But a monster might move in!’ caution grinning mum and dad. Barnaby is sure his den is far too cosy for a monster. But playing on his own isn’t much fun and soon Barnaby soon wishes that a monster really would move in. That’s just his first big mistake!
There are miles of smiles and acres of adventures as Barnaby and his fun-loving monster friend Burple take youngsters on a gloriously anarchic romp through dragon fire, disgusting packed lunches and home-made rocket rides.
Bold, bright and action-packed illustrations give Barnaby’s adventures an added turbo boost … and ensure that rainy days will never be so boring again!"
Lancashire Evening Post
A laugh-out-loud romp from best-selling author, Timothy Knapman (Dinosaurs in the Supermarket and Mungo and the Pirate Book Pirates). This funny picture book celebrates friendship, imagination and play. Children will love the bright and lively illustrations - a book to banish rainy day blues.
This is a great little story written by Timothy Knapman... a fantastic picture book that I really enjoyed reading, and I'm glad I got to spend time with Barnaby and his new monster friend. Any bored children are in for a treat with this one, as it's guaranteed to hold their attention for at least a couple of reads. I hope we might see Barnaby and Burple again one day!
"a really exciting book that has fabulous pace and carries the reader off... My boys giggle and chuckle and reading this with them is a really fun experience... Highly recommended for children and monsters aged around 3-7."
"This fun and original tale will appeal to anyone who's ever had a secret den - or anyone who's ever fancied playing host to a cool monster friend!"