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The Monster Twins Blog Tour: Review & Prize Pack Giveaway

What words come to mind when you think of monsters? Scary, powerful, destructive, or...? Well, none of them can be used to describe the monsters that appear in The Monster Twins, the first in the children's picture book series written by Robert and Karen Hanvik. Learn more about this fun read and enter to win an awesome prize pack!

My Review:

The Monster Twins depicts a very special world, in which monsters are looked down upon, and have to follow laws set by humans, one of which requires monster babies to be separated from their biological parents and adopted by human beings soon after birth. That's why monster twins Bella and Bertie grow up in different parts of the world without knowing each other's existence. Doesn't this sound like the beginning of a sad story? The good news is - the authors use bright-colored, funny illustrations and humorous language to turn the story into a positive direction.

The twins are being taken good care of by their people parents while their monster parents are trying all that they can to change the bad laws and to fight for social justice. Despite their differences in personality, Bella and Bertie share a lot in common, like most twins do. Luckily, their love for climbing has the magic power to bring about their happy reunion. The story is very up-to-date and uplifting. It acknowledges the power of social media and promotes an activist approach to equal rights. I look forward to finding out what kind of adventure the twins will embark on in the next book in the series.

If you are to buy this book, I highly recommend the flipbook version, for it is filled with hidden gems that are both informative and entertaining. As you flip through the pages, you'll notice some colored dots flickering on screen. When you click on them, you'll discover various bonus contents, such as historical facts, stories about landmarks around the world, additional characters, coloring pages, word games and more! This interactive design greatly enhances the pleasure of reading by encouraging the reader to explore and gather extra information. Better yet, the flipbook is easily accessible in any web browser. No special software or device is needed.

About the Book

Written by Robert and Karen Hanvik
Illustrated by Ella Ransom

Bella and Bertie are twins, but they don’t know that, or each other. Separated while babies by bad law, they grew up 6000 miles apart, in Singapore and London. Follow the twins as they discover their shared past and do their best to make a better future for themselves, their families, and others like them.

Order your copy here.

About the Authors:

The Monster Twins represents Robert’s first foray into children’s literature. Having been trained in journalism, Robert has written for media in the United States and England. As a long-time communications consultant, Robert also has written professionally on behalf of clients and governments around the world. In his various roles, he has traveled extensively in North America, the UK, and Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

The Monster Twins is the first book Karen has designed and illustrated, although she has stretched her creative muscles for many years. Having trained at London College of Fashion and Central St. Martins (UK), Karen has channeled her creativity into numerous areas over the years, including her own line of high-fashion scarves ( and a successful career as a digital marketing consultant. An avid traveler, Karen has visited numerous locations across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, and Australia.

Karen’s and Robert’s daughter Ella has enjoyed drawing monsters for as long as she can remember, starting when she was just six years old. More recently, she has added a deep interest in architectural drawings large and small, which inspired her to include a number of iconic buildings in The Monster Twins. Ella studied art and design at University for the Creative Arts (UK) and is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation Art and Design at Bournemouth University (UK). With her family, 19-year-old Ella has spent time in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Singapore.

One lucky grand prize winner will receive a The Monster Twins Prize Pack!

It includes:
  • A physical copy of The Monster Twins 
  • A digital flipbook copy of The Monster Twins 
  • A $25 Visa gift card to stock up on more books from your favorite bookstore

Five additional winners will each receive their choice of a physical or a digital flipbook copy of The Monster Twins!

Giveaway ends 8/20. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are thirteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at the time of entry. Please enter below and good luck!

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with The Children's Book Review. I received a free copy of The Monster Twins to review. All opinions are my own. Giveaway is organized by The Children's Book Review and sponsored by the authors. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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