Billy and the Mini Monsters by Zanna Davidson – and illustrated by Melanie Williamson – is the perfect series for reluctant and newly independent readers growing in confidence. Join Billy and the hairy, smelly, but not-so-scary Mini Monsters in these hilarious adventures as they encounter crucial first experiences (holidays, school trips and moving house) and everyday fears (fear of the dark and bullying at school).
Originally published in hardback as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, this award-nominated and massively adored series is now in paperback. Look out for these shiny new editions throughout 2020, as well as brand new stories in 2021.
Readers love the Mini Monsters! The Billy and the Mini Monsters books have now been selected for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge for three years in a row:
Browse all the books below and scroll down for some free downloadable activity sheets, plus the chance to win a limited-edition badge.
"I wrote Billy and the Mini Monsters with reluctant readers in mind (in particular my own two boys) in order to try and tempt them into reading. I set out to create funny, fast-paced stories made up of small, digestible chunks of text, alongside lots of colourful pictures, comic strips and diagrams. For this, we were lucky enough to find Melanie Williamson, who has filled the books with her laugh-out-loud illustrations.
I'm delighted that these titles were chosen for the Summer Reading Challenge and hope they inspire kids to keep reading and create their own Mini Monster characters and stories."
Zanna Davidson, author of Billy and the Mini Monsters
If your child enjoyed one of the Billy and the Mini Monsters books, why not ask them if they'd like to write a review? Just click on one of the covers at the top of this page, and then on the Reader reviews tab.
The monsters were really funny and I really enjoyed the book. The smart boy was such a show off as well. Reader review of Monsters on a Plane from the Summer Reading Challenge website
We want to see YOUR Mini Monsters! Draw your own mini monster for your chance to receive an awesome, limited-edition badge! What is its name? Is it scary, hairy, slimy, or cute? Don’t forget the SCARE FACTOR!
Simply fill in the downloadable entry form and mail your mini monster to Usborne.
A parent or guardian must give consent to each entry. T&Cs apply.
Download these activity sheets to cut out and make your own monster finger puppets, or colour scenes from the books. Click on a picture to download a pdf.