Former Children's Entertainer, James Beesley Releases New Book: The Monster Hunters

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James Beesley is a primary school teacher and has three children of his own. He was also a children's entertainer for a number of years. He knows what many kids hope for, dream about, like and dislike.

He knows, too, of the things that give them a fright -- those strange, bone-rattling things that go bump in the quiet darkness of the night, awakening the youngsters from their sleep and sparking their imagination into overdrive.

That's the idea behind Beesley's new, illustrated children's book entitled The Monster Hunters. It's the story of four young siblings, Hannah, Sarah, Ben and Zack who go in search for what is making the noises within their house.

The group makes their way downstairs, stuffing pillows into their pyjamas and putting pots and pans on their heads to get ready to do battle with the "monster" in the basement, who is moaning and wailing and making all sorts of racket.

And then, gripped with fear and with their knees knocking, they find the "monster" -- a friendly, blue-coated, warm and fuzzy monster, who is also stuffed with a pillow and wearing a pot on his head.

This "monster" is lonely, and frightened, and crying his heart out -- all he wants is to find some new friends so that he won't be alone in the world. And so, Hannah, Sarah, Ben and Zack become the monster's new friends and "scaring" becomes "sharing."

The Monster Hunters is a delightful tale told in rhyme with word play that youngsters will love and parents will appreciate. Jen Hamilton is the illustrator and has a degree in Visual Arts from Western University. She too is a parent and school teacher and also understands what kids enjoy. She provides beautiful pictures to follow the story. Look for the small mouse who accompanies the gang on their adventure.

And there's a nice little lesson here, too -- the unknown might be a bit scary at times, but you just never know when you might meet a new friend. All you have to do is take a chance, take that frightening first step -- and the rest will look after itself.

The Monster Hunters
By James Beesley & Jennifer Hamilton
ISBN: 9780978294908


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