‘Very good and very colourful’: Monster Party

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day – a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. It’s also the day that The Indigenous Literacy Fund is especially encouraging the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. It kicks off a month of fundraising to literally fill the bookshelves of children in remote communities who otherwise have little access to books. There’s a number of different ways you can do your bit, so head over to their website to learn more.

Today is also the day that Master Seven and I read Monster Party, a book illustrated by kids from the Rawa Community School situated in the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. This is a gorgeous book – the pages are really vibrant and the illustrations are so beautifully textured they seem almost three-dimensional. The authors and students have produced a delightful book.

Read on to see my penetrating questions, and Master Seven’s incisive answers about the fabulous book Monster Party.

What is this book about?

Monsters. Monsters having a party at Dora Lake and people saying: you can’t come here Mr Monsters.

What did you like most about it?

The best thing was that the monsters came up and they partied.

Which was your favourite monster?

The one dancing all night until the sun comes up.

His favourite monster is the dancing monster.
I’m fond of this complicated monster that looks like someone’s house.


What do you think of the kids’ artwork?

Very good and very colourful. Did the children really do the colouring?

Who do you think would like this book?

Prep students. And Mitchell.


Thanks to Magabala Books for a review copy of this book.

This is a site about books and about tea, and how we should read more books and drink more tea. Sometimes, it's hard to know what books to read and what tea to drink. This is where I can help out.


  1. I thought about writing a post for today too, but it’s been a busy day and I seem to have written quite a bit about indigenous literature and issues recently so … well, so, I didn’t write a post. Glad you did.

    I’m so glad we have a publisher around like Magabala books.

  2. I had no idea today was Indigenous Literacy Day. The illustrations for Monster Party are gorgeous!

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