This explosively illustrated fable is a real find.

The Independent (UK)

Mrs. Mo’s Monster


An energetic, endearing and hilarious debut picture book.


  • Description

    A monster with a one-track mind meets his match in an elderly lady called Mrs. Mo. With Mrs. Mo’s help, the monster is surprised to discover that he can do more than he ever thought—but that’s not the only surprise Mrs. Mo has in store…

    See the author reading the book here.
    To keep up to date with Monster news, visit 

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Your Weekend (NZ), August 2014

      Beavis’ illustrations are bold and full of impact, while the text is skilfully designed with dramatic bold lettering for the enjoyably noisy bits.

    2. Waikato Times (NZ), July 2014

      The story is designed to read aloud and flows along at a good pace, complemented by simple, bright illustrations … Buy this book for the littlies in your life, aged two or three upwards.

    3. Reading Today Online (US), July 2014

      The color-filled illustrations show the seemingly unflappable Mrs. Mo quietly yet firmly dealing with conflict by putting the monster to work. If it worked for him, it just might work for your own little monster.

    4. Education Aotearoa (NZ), July 2014

      A performance book – great for doing monster voices and getting children call out the refrain [‘CRUNCH, MUNCH AND CHEW’].

    5. Kirkus Reviews (US), July 2014

      Judicious use of color, various perspectives and basic shapes give the book a distinctive look. Effervescent, in an entirely understated sort of way.

    6. Bob’s Books Blog (NZ), March 2014

      Lively illustrations with plenty of pastel colours … Paul Beavis is a new writer. I wish him well and this picture book is a great start for him.

    7. Swings and Roundabouts (Winter, NZ), July 2014

      I loved this book. It’s a great book to read aloud … The story form and repetition will make it an instant hit with your listeners … Also the story sublimely (through humour) teaches good manners. The simple bright and humour illustrations will also appeal.

    8. Fishhead Magazine, April 2014

      A great illustrated storybook for children aged three and above.

    9. The Children’s Bookshop Newsletter, May 2014

      A mixture of the naughty and nice that young children relish. A delightful debut with bright, bold illustrations … ideal for pre-school/junior classes.

    10. Taranaki Daily News (NZ), April 2014

      A brilliantly sassy, funny children’s picture book that adults too can enjoy.

    11. Booktrust (UK), April 2014

      Bold, energetic illustrations complement simple yet expressive text in this engaging and entertaining picture book with its subtle themes of good manners, patience and the fulfilling of potential.

    12. Ann Barrowclough (NZ), April 2014

      This brightly illustrated book with simple line drawings has a clear and repetitive text which children can join in with gusto.

    13. Family Times (NZ), April 2014

      The scratchy line drawings with brilliant colours and scrawling text capture the monster perfectly.

    14. The Source (Australia/NZ), April 2014

      Mrs Mo’s Monster is that rare picture book, one that gets better with each reading.

    15. Bookrapt (NZ), April 2014

      The bold background colours are a perfect foil for the simple scenes that focus on the two main characters. A brilliant book for classroom discussion, or for grandparents to share with their own little treasures.

    16. The Independent (UK), April 2014

      This explosively illustrated fable is a real find.

    17. Monkey Makes Three (NZ), April 2014

      Mrs. Mo’s Monster is a fun and energetic picture book that both children and adults will enjoy.

    18. Scoop Review of Books, April 2014

      Mrs. Mo’s Monster shines with colour. [Paul Beavis’] beautifully produced debut picture book, all quality and delight, deserves its place in the stable of Gecko Press who continue to publish ‘curiously good books’.

    19. Kid’s Book Review (Australia), April 2014

      Hilarity personified, not only in the totally kid-speak text but in the slick, bright, ber cool illustrations, the unlikely ensuing friendship, and the absolutely brilliant, guffaw-worthy ending. Paul Beavis. Remember the name.

    20. Booksellers We Love Books Blog, April 2014

      This is by a first time author? This is incredible! The [illustration] style is perfectly matched to the story, and the use of colour is superb.

    21. Tall, Short, Tiny and A Pickle Blog, March 2014

      Paul Beavis’ debut picture book is an absolute delight – to read, and to look at. … the illustrations are bright and full of life, and the monster’s facial expressions are perfect. Mrs Mo’s Monster has joined the ranks of bedtime favourites here.

    22. The Listener, March 2014

      This clever picture book speaks volumes about manners without spelling it out. A keeper.

    23. Parents in Touch (UK), January 2014

      A good book to share with children who are reluctant to try something new. And there’s a surprise at the end as the tables are turned…

    24. Read It, Daddy! Blog, February 2014

      Paul Beavis’ great sense of fun shines through … A fantastically fun book with a nice moral take of manners underpinning the monstrous chaos. Mrs Mo is fab!

    25. Playing by the Book Blog, February 2014

      Beavis mixes colour, perspective and page-turns into magic, creating a highly humorous tale about what it takes to tame a monster… It’s hard to believe that this is Beavis’ debut as a children’s book author and illustrator.

    26. We Love This Book, Best Books of 2014, Feruary 2014

      [Mrs. Mo’s Monster] is breathtaking brilliant at using perspectives I’ve not seen before; the pages seem 3D, just bursting with pace and humour.

  • Reviews

    Add a review

Do you love good books for children?

Join our newsletter