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The Ice Monster Reviews

The Ice Monster by David Walliams, Tony Ross

The Ice Monster

David Walliams, Tony Ross

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1 review

Category: Children's
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9780008164690

From No. 1 bestselling children's author, David Walliams comes his biggest and most epic adventure yet! Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross. This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth...Read all about it! Read all about it! ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC! When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster - a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole - she's determined to discover more...

2 Prizes for The Ice Monster

The British Book Awards
2019 Winner: Children's Fiction Book of the Year

2019 Winner

As well as praising The Ice Monster’s rollicking story and Tony Ross’ perfectly matched illustrations, the judges applauded the way it has turned even more children on to books. “David Walliams is a gift to a whole generation of young readers—an absolute champion of an author. The Ice Monster is gloriously, snortingly funny—warm, wacky, wise and there for the reader,” said one.

The British Book Awards
2019 Shortlist: Children's Fiction Book of the Year

Alice O’Keeffe, Books Editor at The Bookseller, said: “Our shortlists this year took the judges from Georgian London to the Second World War to contemporary New York. There are books from exciting fresh voices at the very start of their career, contrasted with books from with well-established brand authors at the top of their game. These are the books that sum up 2018 but which, we think, will be read for years to come.”


  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
16 Dec 2018

"a tale that has conviction and laughs"

Walliams, whose children’s books have sold more than 25m copies, does not do subtle, but he does unsubtle very well. He mixes exaggeration, anachronism, slapstick, innuendo, fart jokes, various typefaces and a quantity of sounds in large print of the DOOF, TWANG, THUD variety. Ross’s expertly energetic caricatures on every page make the improbability credible.