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My Monster Burrufu

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Seven-year-old Olivia has just moved to a new house - the same house where a lonely monster named Burrufu lives hidden in a secret attic. One night, unable to resist the smell of delicious cookies, Burrufu sneaks out and is discovered by Olivia. The two soon learn that you can find friendship in the most unexpected places.'My Monster Burrufu' is a story of overcoming fear, ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Petite Grande Idee (first published 2011)
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Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
This is an illustrated beginning chapter book with 10 chapters in 88 pages.

I loved the illustrations. Great pictures!! So charming! They added immensely to the story, and will be especially appreciated by children who are just beginning to read chapter books.

I very much enjoyed the story; it’s delightful. There is humor and pathos and suspense, and it’s just a fun story.

I had some laugh out loud moments, particularly when Burrufu the monster was the scared one and when he was trying to be fright
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"My Monster Burrufu" is a beautiful book that I would recommend to children as well as to adult people. The book has an involving story about friendship and loneliness. It has humor, action and positive messages. I wish this book is adapted into an animation film. The illustrations of the book are already fantasti ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great premise . Olivia is a seven year old girl that moves to a dilapidated house with her dad. Dad is a writer. When Olivia suspects “something” is dwelling in the house , dad persuades her that any monsters lurking in their abode are a sign good luck. Olivia thinks that this explanation and her need for friends add up to a great opportunity. Despite the fact that she seems to be left alone a little too much and despite some predictable denouements towards the end, this is a book I’d love to re ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of three parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 9), 2. My son's review (he's 5), and 3. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts; for the full review visit us at

**My Monster Burrufu by A. Corral was provided to us free-of-charge by the author.**


What I liked and disliked about it:

I liked Burrufu because he was cute and fluffy. I liked that the girl's name was Olivia because there is a girl in my class named Olivia too. I though
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, children-s-lit
This was a cute story with cute accompanying drawings. I read it aloud to my 8-year-old daughter as her bedtime story over the course of several weeks, and she really liked the book. She said she'd give it four and a half stars. More complete review to follow.

Full review:

I have to admit, I get some warm fuzzies just by looking at the cover of this book. It seemed like a great book to read with my eight-year-old daughter, and I was not disappointed in that regard. She really seemed to eat this bo
Barbara Ann
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This chapter book is targeted for eight to twelve year olds; the easy going storytelling style and charming illustrations interspersed throughout make it visually appealing as well. I can’t make up my mind which character I love the most, Olivia, the seven year old mistress of the monster’s house or Burrufu, the melancholy monster.

At the beginning of the adventure, Olivia is about to move from the city to a home four hours away in the country. She immediately endears herself to me when I read th
Ange (Our Epic TBR List) Schmelzer
When Olivia and her writer dad move to the country for peace and quiet they never expected they might meet a real, live monster! But one evening while eating cookies and drinking milk that's exactly what happens to 7 year-old Olivia.

My thoughts: I LOVED THIS! It was such a sweet read about learning to see past what people look like and to take time to get to know them before deciding whether you like them or not because you might just make your new best friend for life. I read this cover to cov
Alice in Readerland
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Olivia spots a monster sneaking a few of her cookies, Olivia’s determined to make friends with him. Armed with spoons, and wearing a metal colander, she ventures to where he lives: in the attic of her new house. But when the flash of her camera scares the monster, which scares her and makes her bump her elbow and start to cry, she discovers something even more amazing: the monster can talk! “Shhh, shh. Please, don’t be scared,” he says. Olivia can’t help herself, she wants to hug and pet hi ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Olivia and her father are moving to the country so he'll have a quiet place to write. Olivia wasn’t sure if she wanted to live in the country, but then she saw the house. It was a big old Victorian type with lots of rooms to snoop in and all kinds of things to discover. She just didn’t expect to discover a monster…

This author does a very nice job of creating a young girl character who never knew her mother, has a busy father, and is a
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Monster Burrufu is a storybook about a young girl who finds more than just dust in the attic of her new home. By the way, did you know that monsters are good luck? Well, now you know.

This is an enchanting story about an outgoing, unique and friendly little girl who tries with all of her might to befriend a very reclusive monster, who just wants to be left alone in his lonely attic to write his stories and eat stolen chocolate chip cookies. The book is peppered with beautifully drawn black and
The Bragging
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
I was so excited to read this book. I thought that the cover art for this book was adorable. I was excited to discover that this book had many great pictures in it. The illustrations are so cute and have so much personality. Alessandra Sorrentino did an amazing job with pictures. With the amazing pictures and fabulous writing, I loved reading My Monster Burrufu!

The main character in this book, a little girl named Olivia was so cute! She is hyper, happy little girl with a great love of cookies. I
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for young readers, or for old readers reading to young listeners. Although I did feel the language in the book had words or was sometimes at a level maybe a little above the young reader it seems to be intended for (ie "a bit bohemian", "Borsalino hats", etc). I gather the book was translated and maybe it lost a little in the translation or maybe some words are more normal to those young readers to which the original language was written.

But the story is a really cute and f
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We meet Olivia as she is moving to the country. Her father, a writer, is looking for quiet place to write and a big, old Victorian house is just the ticket! What will Olivia discover in her new home? Will she be happy? She's not sure, but one thing she definitely didn't expect to find was a monster...

Alberto Corral does a very nice job of creating a young girl character who children will fall in love with. She's sweet, kind, giving, and makes some amazing cookies! Best of all, she's the bravest
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Monster Burrufu is about the friendship and acceptance between a little girl named Olivia and the monster Burrufu who hides in her attic. At the start of the book, Oliva and her father move into a new house where, one night, Oliva comes down stairs to eat some cookies and discovers big furry paws snatching cookies from her kitchen. She is delighted to find a monster in her house and sets up a trap to capture a picture of Burrufu and this starts her wonderful, lifetime friendship with Burrufu. ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-europe
We follow 7-year-old Olivia, who has just moved to a new house. In it, she discovers, lives a cookie-stealing lonely monster named Burrufu. Soon they discover each other and embark on a rather strange and bumpy journey and a tale about finding friendship in the most unexpected places.

First of all, I want to say that Sorrentino's illustrations are amazing, and accompany Corral's writing perfectly. Together they have created this book, which might be the equivalence of King Kong for children. Abo
Miranda Sherman
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Seven year old Olivia and her Father Steven have packed up and moved to the country. Steven is an author looking for a quiet place to write.

Olivia and her dog Tula are looking for fun and adventure in their new home. Late one night Olivia has a snack of cookies and milk. When Olivia forgets to put the milk away she returns to the kitchen only find a large furry monster eating the rest of Olivia’s cookies.

After learning that a monster in the house is good luck Olivia is set on befriending the mo
Tim Roast
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
[A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.]

This book is about a girl of seven, Olivia, who moves to a new house, a house that has a secret which she stumbles across one day - the secret being a resident monster, Burrufu. She and he then becomes friends, and what seven-year-old girl doesn't want a big, friendly, furry monster to cuddle?

I liked Olivia's wide-eyed enthusiasm and inquisitive nature so typical of a little girl, and which I think would appeal to your typica
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
My Monster Burrufu is a beautifully written book about a seven year old girl who befriends a lonely monster living in a secret attic of her new house. The little girl, Olivia, discovers the creature when he sneaks into the kitchen one night, tempted by the decadent aroma of cookies. The two develop an unlikely friendship that has to remain hush hush. The first obstacle of their friendship is getting the monster, Burrufu to trust Olivia. He has, after all, been alone for a long time. Exciting eve ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Review: Olivia and her dad left the big city to live in a big house in the country. In the new house Olivia felt something moved in the attic. That night while Olivia was in the kitchen she encounters Burrufu the monster. A talking monster that wears glasses and writes! It turns out that Burrufu isn’t a scary monster and Olivia couldn’t wait to befriend this monster, but he just wanted to be left alone in the attic to write his stories.

My Monster Burrufu is a well written book that would hold
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
My Monster Burrufu is a sweet story about seven year old Olivia and her new best friend, Burrufu, who happens to be a monster. Olivia meets Burrufu on her first night in her new home, but she isn't frightened by him, because her father has told her that a monster in the house is good luck. Burrufu is a loner who prefers to keep away from people, but Olivia slowly wins him over, and for the first time in a very long time, Burrufu finds himself enjoying human company. Then Olivia's father discover ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
It was fun. The 5YO wee girl liked it for the most part. The pictures were adorable, and by favorite part. Olivia is a sweet girl, and we fell in love with her. She's got a great attitude. So the agenda is prejudice. It's a good message. It's everywhere...I'm not so sure that I agree with how it ended though. It really kind of taught, that hey, if you're different you gotta leave, cause no one is going to accept you. Move on. I'd much rather believe that there are always people willing ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
The story by Alberto Corral is about a little girl named Olivia who moves to a new house and discovers a monster named Burrufu living in a secret attic. It's a charming story about their friendship, one with some surprises as the monster has some secrets of its own.

The illustrations from Alessandra Sorrentino are so beautiful I want to squeeze them.

The book's an enjoyable read. Recommended.

You can check out the website for My Monster Burrufu for more information. There's also a Burrufu facebook
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With Christmas on it's way, My Monster Burrufu by Alberto Corral would make for an excellent stocking stuffer or gift for your child! This is an enchanting story about an outgoing, unique and friendly little girl who tries with all of her might to befriend a very reclusive monster, who just wants to be left alone in his lonely attic to write his stories and eat stolen chocolate chip cookies. The book is filled with beautifully drawn black and white illustrations.

This story has a very important c
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
My Monster Burrufu is a charming book about a young girl, Olivia, and her monstrous discovery!

Geared toward ages 8-12, My Monster Burrufu is adorable and I think perfect for reading to younger child as well. This chapter book already features an inviting and charming story full of humor and love, but also includes the most adorable illustrations form artist Alessandra Sorrentino. It's a great book about not judging others by the appearance, and my nine year old daughter and I both have really en
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, so this book took me a ridiculously long time to read. I got about three quarters of the way through and then didn't pick it up again for a while. I won this in a first reads contest and I'm glad I did.

The story is about a monster named Burrufu and a little girl named Olivia becoming friends. Olivia first meets Burrufu because he steals some of the cookies that she has made. At first Burrufu was hesitant to become friends with Olivia because he wanted to be left alone to write his novels.
Elvina Barclay
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being afraid may be expected of a normal 7 year old, but Olivia Norby is no ordinary 7 year old. When she and her father move to a new house in a small down, Olivia discovers that someone or something else is already living there. In the attic is living a 7 foot tall, cookie loving, monster who, like her dad Steve, is a writer. Burrufo and Olivia become friends even though most people would be afraid.
This is a great book for parents to share with their children and for children to read for thems
Sandra Stiles
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I had planned on reading it and sending it to a teacher for her classroom. She is trying to build up a classroom library. I have held onto the book for quite a while. I’ve re-read it three times.

Olivia has so much love in her heart. When she discovers a monster living in her attic she decides to make him her friend. He is too busy writing books to be her friend. She keeps visiting him until she wins him over. Now all she has to do is convince the world that he is ok
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Olivia and her dad move from the big city to an old house in the country. One night, while getting some milk and cookies, she notices a monster in her kitchen! From that moment on Olivia decides to make him her friend.

I was lucky enough to win this book in the Goodreads giveaway and couldn't wait to get home to start reading it. Everything about is simply marvelous! The characters are interesting, the story intriguing, heartwarming and fun all at the same time, and the illustrations are splendid
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won this book for my grand kids in a first reads free giveaway. I received it in the mail today and I can't wait to give it to them tomorrow....Hope they like it...Thanks for the free book!

I had to read this book before I gave it to my grandchildren. I loved it. It is a fast paced read because I had to find out what would happen next between Olivia and Burrufu. It is a great book to teach kids about monsters that they are not scary and they can be your friends. I thought the ending was going t
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This is definitely a book for kids, with a 'My Monster Totoro' feel to it, and a tendency to hammer you over the head with its message of acceptance. When Olivia and her writer father move into a new house, Olivia discovers Burrufu, a monster that likes cookies and writes books in a secret room. She befriends him in spite of his dislike of people, and they have some adventures. A lot of it feels very cliched, but the art is cute and the message is good for the most part (although painting the mi ...more
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Spanish born Alberto Corral is an animator at DreamWorks Animation Studio whose film credits include titles such as ‘Planet 51’(2009), ‘Shrek Forever After’ (2010), ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ (2011) and ‘Madagascar 3’ (2012) amongst others.

In 2009, after he moved to Los Angeles, Alberto started to develop other artistic areas such as screenwriting, film directing and in 2011 he published his first novel, ‘

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