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DANIEL’S DREAM: MONSTER MOUNTAIN BOOK

Leanne Brown’s ‘Monster Mountain’ series is an empowering and enchanting opportunity for young readers to join the adventures of Daniel. When Daniel goes to sleep, he’s transported to the magical Monster Mountain where he not only meets a colourful cast of characters, but learns about the mental health issues they struggle with. It’s a topic and conversation that is well overdue, and Brown hopes to help thousands of young children around the world better care for their mental wellbeing.

Suitable 6-11 Year Olds

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DANIEL’S DREAM: MONSTER MOUNTAIN BOOK Reviews

Product Tested By Amanda Hayes – Ethan 8 Years

Amanda Awarded The Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain book 5/5

It wasn’t what I was expecting, as it was a hybrid between a glossy picture book and a book for an older child with lots of text on each page. The front cover was appealing. Ethan loved the pictures of the monsters and wanted to read the book and look at the rest of the illustrations. He did enjoy the story, I thought maybe it was a bit direct in its way of explaining that he was anxious, but as a child it seemed to be at the right level. This did keep him entertained as Ethan was wanting to hear what happened at assembly and if Daniel conquered his nerves. My son definitely related to the situations in the book as he had something similar at school to deal with this week. We used the wording from the book, about climbing to the top of your mountain, when we were discussing his nerves later in the week. We really enjoyed looking at the illustrations and all of the different monsters and how unique they were. He related to the monster feeling, anxious, worried and nervous, all things he had felt before. Ethan really liked the illustrations, especially the monsters colour’s and Daniels big hair! The book was read just the once, but we discussed the topics in the book several times. My son loved the illustrations and the talk of butterflies in Daniel’s tummy. I liked how it was an easy way to talk about difficult feelings with my son. The book did feel like it was printed on lower quality paper, but it didn’t detract from the story. Very good value as it was about the right price for a children’s book.  Maybe I would buy more from this series but I would have to decide based on the topics of the books and if they were relevant to us. I wouldn’t have thought of buying a book like this, but now we have read it together it was useful for talking about anxiety etc. I would buy this book.  I would recommend if a parent was looking for this type of book, or to help with specific problems. At first, I thought the book read a bit like a self-help book and my son wouldn’t like it, but the illustrations brought the story to life and he enjoyed it. The length was about right, it meant we could do a chapter a night and then discuss it. A useful book if your child is feel nervous or anxious about something. Amanda Hayes – Ethan 8 Years

Product Tested By Katie Lonergan – Jack & Harry – 10 & 6 Years

Katie Awarded The Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain book 5/5

When the book arrived I was keen to get reading. The boys loved the monsters on the front cover and asked to start reading it straight away. The boys enjoyed the story and the concept of having adventures in their dreams. They have given it 5/5 for enjoyment because it was a nice story. Due to the length of the book we read it over a few nights. The boys really enjoyed the different monsters and wanted to finish the story so it would be 5/5 for entertainment. Both my children could relate to the feelings of sometimes having nerves as does the main character in the book. They also related to others they know getting worried and nervous. I thought the illustrations were great and the boys enjoyed naming the monsters as the story progressed. I think my children could relate to the worry and nervousness that the monster felt and I used it as a talking point to explain that these feelings can sometimes feel very overwhelming for some individuals. I think on the whole they just read it as a nice story but it would be useful to read again to them if they are feeling nervous in the future. The illustrations fitted well to the story and were colourful. We read the book once. The boys liked reading about the different monsters the most and that the story had a happy ending. I liked that the book provides ideas for coping mechanisms and the acceptance that everyone is an individual and unique. I think the quality of the book is good as it is a substantial sized book with a clear message. I would consider this good value for money if you are looking to purchase a book that introduces anxiety types issues and methods to cope for a child. Having read this book I would happily look at the other books in the series to buy. Now that I’ve read the book I would consider buying it with the view to using it if my children are feeling anxious or nervous in the future. I would happily recommend this book to any friends or family who had a child feeling anxious. Overall I would give this book 5/5. It’s a nice gentle book written about a very difficult topic to approach with children. I like the way that it allows a child to either just enjoy the story, relate to it or allows an opportunity for a more in depth discussion with an older child. Katie Lonergan – Jack & Harry – 10 & 6 Years

Product Tested By Lucy Little – Heidi 8 Years

Lucy Awarded The Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain book 5/5

The book was colourful, with friendly looking images which appealed to my daughter. She loved the look of the different monsters on the front cover  and was immediately excited to get started with reading the book. I thought it was a really lovely book which had a great storyline which resonated with both myself and my daughter. There was a great moral to the story and particularly for my daughter (and myself) who often lack in confidence, I thought this really focused on the importance of talking to others and sharing your worries. My daughter was engaged throughout and talked about what was happening in the story, it also prompted our own conversations about how she had felt in certain situations. My daughter did relate to the story as there were several situations which were familiar to both myself and my daughter that we could relate to and it encouraged us to talk about it and how it made us feel. I’m not sure that I feel the illustrations brought the story to life but I certainly would say that it helped to engage my daughter and because the pictures were so bright and colourful it helped to maintain her interest. When Shelley was struggling to speak in front of the group and was dealing with the emotions of how she felt, this was a really good conversation starter with my daughter and she was able to explain about the nerves she feels when going into groups and speaking in front of people. It was really beneficial for my daughter to understand that others feel like this too. Nice bright pictures helping my daughter to imagine what each of the characters would look like. We just read it once together but I’m sure will read again. She liked looking at all the names at the back of the book, again I think it helped her to realise that many people find situations difficult and everyone faces their own challenges. I liked the moral of the story and helping to raise this understanding in my daughter in a friendly and supportive way. Well presented, great storyline and nice images. I think the book is fairly priced for what you receive. I think there was a great storyline which really got my daughter thinking so I would definitely be interested in reading more with the author. I would be happy to buy this book to give to others who may be struggling with particular issues and help them realise they are not alone. I would absolutely recommend this to others – a really lovely book. I would give this 5/5 as it had so many beneficial aspects to it, not just reading a story with my daughter. I really enjoyed reading this book with my daughter – the story was well presented with lovely images. There was a great storyline which resonated with both myself and my daughter and encouraged many conversations where we talked about different emotions and situations and how we had both felt and what we could do to change those feelings. I loved that it gave us quality time together to reflect on different situations and feel like it was time really well spent, I would definitely recommend to others. Lucy Little – Heidi 8 Years

 

I wouldn’t have thought of buying a book like this, but now we have read it together it was useful for talking about anxiety etc. I would buy this book.  I would recommend if a parent was looking for this type of book, or to help with specific problems. At first, I thought the book read a bit like a self-help book and my son wouldn’t like it, but the illustrations brought the story to life and he enjoyed it. The length was about right, it meant we could do a chapter a night and then discuss it. A useful book if your child is feel nervous or anxious about something.

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Amanda Awarded The Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain book 5/5

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