Reader Reviewed Stop Those Monsters! by Steve Cole

Stop Those Monsters!

Written by Steve Cole
Illustrated by Jim Field

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Bob has always loved the idea of monsters so when his house is picked up by a giant whirlwind and, Wizard-of-Oz like, thrown into an underground world populated by the bizarrest creatures, he’s 36% excited, 32% full of wonder, and only 32% afraid. It’s exactly this kind of thing that makes him such a good narrator– no matter how weird things get (very), Bob makes sure the reader knows exactly what’s going on! As he travels deeper into monster land, Bob makes some nutty monster friends, including a Gorgon - called Zola – geddit? - and a toga-wearing, Ninja-kicking hamster called Verity. Cole’s invention and comic style never flags, and Jim Field’s illustrations are worth the cover price alone! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Steve Cole is a brilliant author and Stop Those Monsters is his best book yet. It was 39% exciting, 42% amazing and 19% absolutely hilarious. I 100% loved it!'
  • Beth Urquhart, age 8 - 'This is a very funny adventure story, it has a lot of humour in it.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'Brilliant book. Really funny. Not like anything I have read before. Imagine a world full of monsters and you as the only human. Highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 8.'
  • Emma Baird, age 12 - 'full of humour and exciting adventures with the jokes and sound effects causing you to laugh out loud at the fun.'
  • Georgina Loring, age 10 - 'I love this book and I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read! Get reading it NOW!'
  • Alex Hall, age 9 - 'I couldn't put this book down, it is great! I like the way it seems like the monsters and the human boy Bob are doomed and then suddenly…'
  • Oliver Knight, age 11 - 'The way the book is written is for the purpose to make the reader wake up a little and make them laugh when say a word is written in bold.'
  • Dylan Yallop, age 11 - 'I recommend this book for ages 8 under because there is monsters and it could be an adventure.'
  • Isaac East, age 9 - 'This book is about a boy who disappears underground and discovers a world bursting with monsters.  At first he is really scared but then he realises that some of the monsters are nice.'
  • Elliot Tredant - 'A very funny and silly story for kids of all ages.'
  • Melissa Broomfield - 'The monster ideas are funny with their unusual powers such as being able to turn someone into porridge definitely a different take on the normal monster powers.'


Stop Those Monsters! by Steve Cole

I'm Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I'm trying to get out with the help of three - count them, three - incredible creatures. There's Verity, who looks like a giant hamster. Alfie, who's about as scary as a bag of crisps. And Zola, a gorgon who can't turn people to stone (though she can manage cardboard at a push). We're on a crazy, death-defying quest to escape with our lives.

And all around us, the cry goes up: STOP THOSE MONSTERS!!!


'I love that I can take my kids to meet their favourite authors and make books come
so alive. Steve Cole a joy today. Thanks @edbookfest' Sarah Brown, wife of ex PM
Gordon, 2012

'A cracking read for boys' The Sun

"In a fantastically improbable but sustained plot . . .This joke-filled story with zany
illustrations is underpinned by a serious theme' Children's Book of the Week, The
Sunday Times

'The humour is perfectly suited to a young boy… good books for boys are harder to
find, and this one is truly exceptional' The Bookbag

About the Author

Steve Cole

Steve Cole was our Guest Editor in November 2011. Click here to find out more and see some of his favourite books.

Steve Cole is the slightly crazy, highly frantic, millions-selling, non-stop author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action, Astrosaurs Academy, The Slime Squad, Z. Rex and many other books (including several original Doctor Who stories). He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can't stop writing - if he does, strange robots appear and jostle him vigorously until he starts again. In his spare time he loves making music, reading old comics, thinking up ideas for new books and slumping in front of a warm TV.

In this video, Steve counts down his top 5 favourite Astrosaurs characters:

You can see more Steve videos on his YouTube channel - click here.

Amanda Craig from The Times recently described the Astrosaurs series as "the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore." Here’s a summary of Steve’s four main series – great reading for boys in particular:

ASTROSAURS - Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil... and eats a lot of grass.

ASTROSAURS ACADEMY - Welcome to the Academy! Teggs Stegosaur is a pupil at the Astrosaurs Academy where all astro-cadets go to complete their training. He hopes to become an ASTROSAUR one day but for now he has classes to attend, missions to complete and lessons to learn. His best friends and roommates, Blink and Dutch, are always his first choice for fun - but also to work with on his homework! Together they make a great team - the Daring Dinos - and get up to all sorts of adventures!

COWS IN ACTION - Moo-vellous ! Professor McMoo is a very clever cow - so clever, in fact, that he has managed to build himself a time machine from discarded farming machinery. He and his two cow friends, Pat and Bo Vine live on the Barmer farm, in fear of the hideous farmer's wife, Betty. But they are also star agents of the C.I.A. - Cows in Action, a crack team of cow commandos! In the future, cows live peacefully with humans as equals, not as food. But some cows in the future try to use the technology of time travel to interfere with history - which the Professor and his team must stop!

SLIME SQUAD - It's time to fight crime... with slime! Mad scientist Godfrey Gunk had a dream - a dream of creating a whole safari park of monsters on an old rubbish dump. It didn't work. Little did Godfrey know that actually after he left the rubbish dump, his dream came true... Meet the inhabitants of Trashland, a whole world full of different types of small slimy monsters who all live peacefully alongside each other - at least until now...

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2015




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