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Rufus by Simon Bartram

We fell in love with Rufus as soon as we read his story. Rufus wants to be a scary monster but he lives alone in the desert and there are only clouds and rocks to rant and rage at. What he really needs to find is a Peopley Person to scare!

The Story: There’s nobody to scare in the desert so Rufus researches how to scare people. He tries to find some but although he sees a bus full of vampires he can’t find any people anywhere. After a long search he finally discovers a super spooky party and is befriended by a small ghost who gives him a huge surprise…

Rufus is a monster that we immediately sympathised with and he looks so cute that we weren’t at all scared of him! He’s lonely but determined and despite doing his best to solve his problem it seems that he will never find a Peopley Person to scare. Rufus doesn’t have the same experience of people as we do and we love the way that the picture clues lead us to a twist at the end of the story. When Rufus is finally given the chance to scare a person he doesn’t behave in the way that we expected and his actions lead to him making a new friend.

Rufus has never met a Peopley Person and we love the book that he uses to learn about their behaviour before going out into the world to find one. His search takes him to a variety of places including the beach and the forest, he even goes up in a hot air balloon. Simon Bartram’s illustrations are full of amusing details and we love the first picture of Rufus which is labelled with descriptions about him and includes how he smells and what he uses his claws for. My favourite illustration shows Rufus searching ‘above AND below the waves’ and my daughter loves the smiley snowman.

The Super Spooky Party is full of monsters, mummies, vampires and witches which makes this a great picture book to read at Halloween but ultimately this is the tale of a monster who finds happiness and friendship in a very unexpected way 🙂

Author / Illustrator: Simon Bartram

Thank you to Templar Publishing for sending us a copy of Rufus. We would love to see more stories about this lovable monster.


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12 responses to “Rufus by Simon Bartram”


  1. Jenni avatar

    Oh this sounds like a really fun read! I bet my daughter would love it!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a fun story and we love the twist at the end 🙂


  2. Colette avatar

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Colette 🙂


  3. Kate Fever avatar

    This sounds fun, another one we will look out for for our book shelf! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Kate 🙂


  4. This Scribbler Mum avatar

    Great review! Hope my own children’s book would get a fine review like this someday. ? #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! Good luck with your book 🙂


  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a cute sounding book. x


    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m not sure whether Rufus would like to be called cute but we think he is, especially with his actions when he finds a new friend 🙂


  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    Sounds like all the magic ingredients of a good story book for kids #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      Monsters appeal to so many children and we loved Rufus as soon as we read his story 🙂

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