Synopsis: Funny, fast and really inventive’ Harriet Whitehorn, author of VIOLET AND THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT

A deliciously funny series from sparkling new talent Gianna Pollero, illustrated by the award-winning Sarah Horne

Ten-year-old Grace likes doughnuts and cakes as much as the next kid – but they are also her secret weapon. Grace is a monster hunter who owns a bakery – and everyone knows how much monsters LOVE any kind of sweet treat! Just don’t tell them about the secret exploding baking powder inside the doughnuts and the cookies … 

When Grace’s Monster Scanning Machine alerts her to the doughnut-loving, people-eating, board-game-playing cyclops Mr Harris, she realises she’s about to face her biggest challenge yet…

Release Date: 15th April 2021

Format Read: Paperback

Genres: Middle Grade, Humour, Adventure, Fantasy

Pages: 256

Thank you so much to Piccadilly Press and Bonnier Books for the proof copy to read and review.

Review: Are you afraid of monsters? Were you afraid of them as a child? Well this book has an incredibly brave, independent, smart lead character called Grace who isn’t afraid of any monsters, in fact sending them back to the monster world is her family business well that and running a bakery. 

Everyday a new monster arrives and Grace is on the case, her older sister Danni knows exactly what baked goods each monster cannot resist and Grace goes to protect the children and rid the monsters from this world. 

When a cyclops is spotted the hardest and worst monsters to get rid of who just happen to have an obsession with Doughnuts. Grace does everything she can to stop Mr. Harris but he comes back every time. And worst yet there is another Cyclopes on the loose and he’s worse. With help from family friends and her sister Grace has a lot to do In this book and she never stops until she feels safe and satisfied she’s rid of the monsters. 

This book is amazing, it incredibly fun, so much to laugh at, so many amazing characters. I had such a great time reading it. The story dealt with other more serious issues too like family loss, family hatred, anxiety and each were handled really well. Sometimes a book as fun and easy to read like this is all you need to help your child understand what can usually be a big scary topic. 

It’s such a clever book that I know young children are going to adore reading. I loved it so much, it wasn’t like anything I’d read before it was so unique and detailed and just an all round easy and fun book to escape into. This book has a mystery, an adventure, action, humour, friendship and so much more so make sure you get it and give it a read, you’ll love it.


Where to Buy: Wordery, Book Depository, Amazon, Waterstones

About Author: 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.

About Illustrator: 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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