Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling

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May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh yes, and he’s descended from Professor Van Helsing, of Dracula fame, and fights vampires when he’s not at school. Max is a trainee monster hunter and he needs all that cool and all his wits to stay alive until the end of the book because on his 13th birthday he suddenly becomes the target for all manner of aggressive supernatural creatures. As you’d expect this is full of thrilling action sequences but Max is a proper character, a decent young man at that, and his sardonic commentary on the gruesome goings on keep the balance between frightening and funny. Monstrous fun!

Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson’s adventures. 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt is another smart, sophisticated horror story. ~ Andrea Reece


Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling

Descended from a long line of monster hunters, Max Helsing does a pretty good job of being an eighth grader by day and keeping his tow n safe from demons, ghouls and the occasional mummy by night. That is, until he turns thriteen and discovers he's been cursed by an ancient vampire w ho w ants him dead - at any cost. To save the w orld - and his life - Max must rely on his w ise-cracking best friend, cantankerous monster, computer genius neighbour, and brand-new puppy.

He'll need all their help and more to break the Thirteenth Curse!


'Max, a hero in the vein of a young Indiana Jones, is more at ease facing demons than managing middle school, and his w isecracking attitude and quick thinking make for entertaining reading. This action-packed thriller sets up what promises to be a series filled w ith legend, lore, and epic battles.' - Publishers Weekly

'Jobling ably pens a genuinely funny book w ithout allow ing the humor to overshadow the horror... A delightful bit of ghoulish escapism.' - Kirkus

About the Author

Curtis Jobling

The designer of worldwide hit children's television show 'Bob the Builder' and the author/illustrator of numerous children’s books, Curtis Jobling lives with his family in Cheshire.

Early work on Aardman Animation’s 'Wallace & Gromit' and Tim Burton’s 'Mars Attacks' led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning Bob. The animated series of 'Frankenstein’s Cat', based upon Curtis’s book of the same name, picked up the Pulcinella award for Best Children's Show at the 2008 International Cartoons On The Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His noisy new preschool show, 'Raa Raa', can be seen on CBeebies, while his original paintings and prints sell in galleries the world over. Although perhaps best known for his work in TV and picture books, Curtis’s other love has always been horror and fantasy for an older audience.

Watch Curtis show you how to draw Bob the Builder - and then transform him into a werewolf - in the video below:

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

5th May 2016




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