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The Monster Catchers: A Bailey Buckleby Story

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A father-son monster hunter duo must save the Bay Area from an evil villain in The Monster Catchers, a madcap middle-grade fantasy debut from George Brewington.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Brittany Lee | Healing Happy
So many great things about this children's book!

The world-building was imaginative and the illustrations of the monsters were an awesome bonus! They were really neat. This element brought the story to life even more so, which was already extremely lively. Such vivid imagination! The action scenes were superb, packed with decision making and included many "heart of a lion" moments. Strong, courageous characters befriended interesting, funny monsters. Maybe not all monsters are so bad after all, b
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Bailey Buckleby lives an interesting life in San Francisco, California with his father. They run a monster catching business and a souvenir store that features some of San Francisco's most strange things. Bailey, and a few others, know the secret that is in the back room of their store: monsters! Monsters are everywhere; in fact, one of Bailey's pets is a Swiss Troll, so his dad says, that he often dresses up like a human and takes for a walk to the beach. Also, Bailey accompanies his monster hu ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this book from Smith Publishing for honest Review.

Me and my daughter had fun reading this together. It a perfect read for kids or anybody really.
We are giving this 5 BIG STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is not my type of reading but was happy to received this cuz it was so good. Know I have to read more books of his and read more action packed books.

Wow what a surprising read. Couldn’t put it down and enjoyed every minute of it. Has a nice flow right from the end of the other books to this book. Just
Aimee Ertley
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 10-year-old son was a very reluctant reader until he encountered this book, but upon picking it up, he flew through it in a few days and was totally captivated by the story. He carried it with him everywhere he went and would read it at every opportunity. I've never seen him respond to a book in this way; he was ready for the sequel as soon as he finished and immediately started rereading, because he didn't want it to end.

I read along with him, and it was easy for me to see why he liked it s
Tiffany Martin
I got an ARC copy of this and it was super cute. Really enjoyed reading about Bailey Buckleby and his dad's business of Monster catching (buying and selling as well). They have this shop and pretty much do everything dealing in "monsters". Bailey has a sort of younger brother but it is a troll baby, who is more like a monster sized puppy that they call Henry. And you discover that Bailey's mom was swallowed by a huge whale years ago so it's just he and his dad. He likes to believe that his mom i ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I started reading, I got total Ghostbuster and Scooby Doo vibes. But instead of catching ghosts and solving mysteries, this is about a father-son duo chasing after monsters, goblins and dangerous faeries.Being an only child, I connected with Bailey and loved his character. He was smart, kind and brave.

This was such a fun and adventurous story! One that I could picture being turned into a graphic novel or illustrated series. I would highly recommend it for the classroom or if you enjoy
George Brewington
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Years ago I walked into a pink-and-white-striped souvenir shop called Patrick's. It stands by itself on Highway 1 in Northern California and the waves of the Pacific practically crash against its back door. I wanted to buy a bag of saltwater taffy, but no one was available to help me, and I heard a horrible, unnerving, lonesome howl coming from behind the shop. Worried that a rabid dog or a werewolf or some other blood-thirsty beast would pounce through the back door and rip me to shreds, I left ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2019
Thank you to Smith Publicity and George Brewington for including me in the blog tour for The Monster Catchers and sending me a copy for an honest review.

The Monster Catchers does what my favourite middle grade books do, mix important world issues with a fun fantasy world. In The Monster Catchers, Bailey and his father hunt and sell monsters. Bailey loves reading and learning about the creatures and strives to understand them. Along the way environmental issues and the nature of understanding dif
Amy Evins
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful story for a young boy or girl. It is so well written. Mr Brewington brought a new perspective to this genre. His rich character descriptions allowed me to visual and fully understand them. The action that was placed throughout the story was the right amount. It kept me wanting to know what would happen next. Finally I always applaud an author who describes the scenes well. I clearly visualized where the characters where throughout the story. I was right there with them. I can ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My friend gave me an advance copy of this book and it was amazing! I read together with my 11 year old son who is into Harry Potter and anything monster/fantasy. He absolutely loved it! He held onto every word so much that he actually asked if the Golden Gate Bridge really did get destroyed!! I highly recommend and very appropriate for children 8+.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am 11 years old and I loved this book. I especially like all the foreshadowing in each chapter. I really like the type of monsters the author writes about and all the cool adventures. One of my favorite parts is when Bailey and his Dad fight the Trolls and Axel. Also when Axel makes the fairies drink the Kool-Aid. I highly recommend reading this book, it's awesome! ...more
Isaac Freed
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first couple of chapters. It is fun and captivating, and I am anxiously awaiting publication, so I can read the rest. Better than most of the fiction I have read.
Maggies Daisy
No matter your size you have talents that make you a formidably adversary to many foes. Baxter Bailey along with his lumber jack size father own a monster pet store along with catching pesky monsters. With the ruins of San Francisco looming in the back ground from either the truth that monsters destroyed it or the government version that suggests that it was destroyed in a earthquake. Baily soon realizes that his life is about to change when a evil dog headed man tries to steal Baileys pet troll ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I gave this book to my 10 yr. old grandson. He flipped through it, looking to see if it had illustrations, and said "It's mostly print pages. My friend likes books like this." He then set the book down on the table. While we waited to leave to a dinner party he picked the book up and started reading. Then said, "This is really interesting." He continued to read while we drove to our destination, commenting on what he was reading. When we arrived a few minutes later he anno
Asher Smith
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic debut novel from Mr Brewington. Highly recommend.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
i think this is one of my favorite mg books
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bailey takes us into his fantastical world of adventures tracking and catching all sorts of wild creatures and keeps the reader engaged and entertained every step of the way. The whimsical monsters are colorful and dynamic and I found myself wishing the book wouldn’t end. Can’t wait until the sequel!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read! From the first page I connected with Bailey, his dad and what a crazy world he lives. I was excited for every adventure wondering where it would turn next. Highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to go on a grand adventure with monsters and middle schoolers. Can't wait to read more! ...more
Victoria Ibra
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me why I love fantasy for younger readers. It's funny and imaginative and you can't help but fall in love with Bailey Buckleby and his goofy dad. Bailey's friend Savannah is a strong female character which is refreshing. I'm reminded me of Alice in Wonderland ... the "monsters" are unique and have characters of their own. I loved it and I think kids will too. Highly recommend! ...more
BookDragons NotWorms
Very entertaining middle grade book. I started to read this with my 7-year-old son, and wound up finishing the book without him. I honestly look forward to reading it again with my son because I know he will love it as well!
BookDragons NotWorms
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This middle grade read started out with my kids, but ended with me finishing it without them. I am super excited for my kids to finish it and really think this is going to be a good read for the upcoming school year.
Becky Sherwood
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing it.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the monster catchers by George Brewington, was a very good read. I thought that it was a great book to read. It was very suspenseful, and incredibly entertaining.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. A new series with interesting characters that make me look forward to the next.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbmr-reviewed
Bailey Buckley and his dad catch monsters for a living. They’ve caught faeries pestering candy stores and goblins infesting gardens. They even own a few exotic creatures, like a baby Swiss mountain troll named Henry. All this should make Bailey super cool, but unfortunately no one at his middle school believes him. One day he becomes friends with the prettiest, smartest girl, Savannah, who accepts he’s telling the truth. Soon the pair stumble upon some shocking stories about Bailey’s dad. It’s p ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bailey Buckleby is a typical 12 year old boy, who doesn't like social studies and is starting to discover girls. He also works with his dad as a monster catcher in a world that tries to pretend monsters don't exist. When an ancient cecephaly comes sniffing around his shop on the hunt for a baby sea giant, Bailey is in for the adventure of a lifetime.

First of all, I love the colors and design of the cover of this book. That alone made me excited to read it. Second, this is such a great read for t
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this intending to give it to my nephew and niece. It has a creative plot with interesting characters. I love how loving and supportive Bailey's parents are and that Bailey is able to challenge his dad's opinion for what he thinks is right. I don't like some of the implications made, such as it's okay to hit someone because you think they're ugly or said something you didn't like or that having a physical difference makes you ugly or scary. However, there are enough good messages that I wi ...more
Nerdy Housewifey
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erik
So I’ve been collecting books for my son, so when he’s older we’ll have tons of books to read together. I loved this, it was so exciting and imaginative, I really can’t wait till he’s a little older and we can read it together
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
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George Brewington writes fantasy stories for both children and adults four days a week. The other three days he is a respiratory therapist at a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. His short stories have been included in several anthologies including DARK MAGIC: WITCHES, HACKERS & ROBOTS and PICK YOUR POISON. His first novel for young readers - THE MONSTER CATCHERS - debuted on March 9th, 2019. ...more

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