Today I’m so excited to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Monster Doughnuts: Cyclops on a Mission which is the second installment in the Monster Doughnuts series.  I’ve already had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first book which is so good (you can see my review of book 1 by clicking here) and now I have the chance to share with you my thoughts on the second book, which is definitely just as good if not better than the first! 😀  The book is published tomorrow (20th January) and I’d like to say a big thank you to Natasha from Piccadilly Press for the chance to be a part of this blog tour and for a copy of the book, and now let’s find out why I have enjoyed this book so much!…

Title: Monster Doughnuts: Cyclops on a Mission (Monster Doughnuts #2)
Author: Gianna Pollero
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Paperback
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Description: Meet Grace: monster-hunter extraordinaire! Meet Mr Harris: grumpy and doughnut-loving cyclops!
Grace Hunter has a unique way of bumping off monsters. She bakes cakes full of a special exploding baking powrder that will get rid of any troublesome monster!
And now Grace has a new and unlikely partner in crime – 360-year-old cyclops Mr Harris. They have a perilous mission to rid the city of a pesky Bottom Biter who is causing havoc. If only Mr Harris would stop just eating the monsters, what a team they’d make!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a funny story and the perfect sequel to the first book!  After Grace and Mr Harris helped to get rid of a very troublesome monster, Mr Harris is now part of the secret service, working to help get rid of the monsters who appear in the world.  When a particularly tricky monster who likes to bite its victims appears, it’s up to Mr Harris, Grace and her family to stop him.  But this new monster is more dangerous than others, and with Mr Harris not quite following the rules, can Grace and the others stop the menacing biting monster before it’s too late?

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I really enjoyed this second instalment of the Monster Doughnuts series.  When the first book came out I was so entertained, I just loved the character of Mr Harris the Cyclops and how funny he ends up being.  But this time the story is even funnier with Mr Harris now working alongside Grace as a monster hunter.  I love his character from the start and how he keeps eating anything or anyone that gets in his way.  The story mentions some new monsters this time and I love both the gelato guzzler and the new enemy which has such a funny name!

The story is so fun and interesting and is so compelling to read that I finished the book in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down, wanting to know what happened with Mr Harris and the wider problem of the main enemy whose bites are more dangerous than first thought.  The story has a great ending, and I just love what happens with Mr Harris and also that troll.  There is a new character called Kenny who I just love so much and I hope to see more of him in a future book too.  I like how the story concludes but leaves us wanting to know what will happen in the next book, especially as it’s related to one of the main characters and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

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The book has a sample of the first chapter of the next book in the series which I really can’t wait to read!  There is a monster glossary at the back of the book which I also love as there’s basically a monster for everything that ever goes wrong in your life, lLike poo pushers and snack snafflers!  I also found myself enjoying the bios of both author and illustrator, given the way they are written.  The book has some great illustrations throughout and the illustrations really do make this book so much more enjoyable to read.  There are illustrations dotted throughout the chapters, sometimes taking up a whole page and sometimes not.  The pictures are all in black, white and grey, but look so funny.  I really loved the images of the different monsters and the expressions of all the characters.  There are also some other illustrations like small doughnuts or footprints around the text helping to make the whole book look more appealing to read.

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Overall this is such a brilliant sequel to the first book which was already funny, but with this sequel the story is just so much better and I love how we find out more about Mr Harris.  The book can be read alone, but it is so much more funny if read after the first book as you’ll understand the references to certain characters and some side stories too.  This really is such a brilliant read, so compelling and so funny, and I can’t wait for the next book in a series which I really recommend! J

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About the author and illustrator

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Gianna Pollero was born and raised in Kent but also spent a considerable amount of her childhood in northern Italy, where the majority of her family live. She originally trained as a journalist and is currently a communications manager for a schools’ academy trust in Kent. In 2017, she completed the Curtis Brown Online Writing for Children course. MONSTER DOUGHNUTS is Gianna’s debut novel.

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Sarah Horne illustrator pic

Sarah Horne grew up in Derbyshire, mainly under a snowdrift.  She studied illustration at Falmouth College of Arts and gained a Masters degree at Kingston University.  Sarah lives in London and specialises in funny, inky illustration and words for children’s books.

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I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the blog tour for this brilliant book and do please check out the other stops on the blog tour by seeing where they are on the banner below.  Monster Doughnuts: Cyclops on a Mission is published tomorrow (20th January 2022). Thank you so much for reading and do check out the Monster Doughnuts series as it is so brilliant! 😀

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