Monday, October 10, 2011

My Monster Burrufu Book Review & Giveaway

About the Author and Illustrator: (taken from the book)
Alberto Corral - Author
Alberto Corral (author), a native of the Canary Islands, Spain, lived in many cities around the world before hanging his hat in Los Angeles, California. He currently works as a character animator for DreamWorks Animation.

A man of many talents, Alberto doesn't just write children's books; he is also a filmmaker and screenwriter. His passion is for storytelling in any form. He enjoys life in sunny California with his lovely wife, Carolina, scouting the city for the perfect dessert (he is very close).

Alessandra Sorrentino (illustrator) lives in Turin, Italy. She was raised on pasta and Japanese anime. She now works as an animator, a story artist, and an illustrator for Cartoon Network, Disney, and BBC. She loves cats, cooking, and vintage typewriters.

Meet the Characters:

Olivia - 7 year old girl

Steve - Olivia's dad & writer

Mark - Steve's friend and editor

Tula - Olivia's dog

Burrufu - Monster living in Olivia's attic & her best friend

What's it About?
My Monster Burrufu is about a little 7 year old girl named Olivia and the monster she finds living in a secret attic in their new home. It's a story about love, friendship and liking someone for who they are, not how they look. Burrufu doesn't want anything to do with Olivia at first.

Olivia and her dad Steve, who is a writer, move from the big city to a more quiet country setting. One day, while Steve is fast asleep, Olivia goes down to the kitchen for some cookies. She couldn't sleep and needed a snack. On her way back up to bed, she remembers she forgot to put the milk away and heads back to the kitchen. She flips the light on and is shocked, yet excited to see a big, hairy monster in their new kitchen.

Burrufu was so used to being alone that he ran when he spotted Olivia. She chased him, following crumbs of cookies he had taken, but lost him down one of the many hallways. Where did he go? He just disappeared!

Want to know what happens next? Well, you are just going to have to buy the book or enter my giveaway!!

My Experience:
This book is full of excitement and action. I didn't want to put the book down, which almost NEVER happens to me. I tend to get bored easily. That didn't happen with this book. It kept my attention all the way through.

This book is perfect for those kids who are able to read chapter books but you could also read it to a smaller child. The pictures in the book help bring the story to life and has a hint of anime, thanks to illustrator Alessandra Sorrentino.

I wanted the story to keep going. When I was finished reading the book, I had a big smile on my face. Not because I was happy that the book was finished but because that's how the book made me feel, happy. 

I can only hope that there is a follow up to My Monster Burrufu. I want to know what happens next. The author, Alberto Corral, hints to what happens but you are left to figure it out for yourself. I want more!!

If I were to rate My Monster Burrufu on a scale of stars, I would give it 5/5 stars.

Things I Learned:
Friendship comes in any shape and size. The old adage, "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is so true in this wonderfully cute story. You have to like someone for who they are, not the way they look. It's ok to be different. That's what makes you, you!

Two lucky A Mom From The Burbs readers will have the chance to win a copy of My Monster Burrufu! This contest will be open to US residents 18+. Please complete all the mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of My Monster Burrufu as compensation for my review. The thoughts and opinions of the book are 100% my own. You may have a different opinion.


  1. Burrufu and Olivia look like awesome characters. I would love to read this book because it sounds like a feel good book.

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  2. It looks like a fun book! I think my niece would love it. The reviews on the site all seemed very positive


  3. It sounds like a great book for my son. The description "The two soon learn that you can find friendship in the most unexpected places" would be a good lesson for him.

  4. Sorry I forgot to leave my email address in my last comment. Can you please add it for me.


  5. I love that it is a book which portrays monsters as not scary but likable. This is so perfect for little ones who are afraid of monsters as they always see them as scary.
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  6. I like burrufu...looks like a pretty cool monster :)



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