He’s big, he’s purple, he’s kind to children, but to the best of my knowledge he does not come with an annoying theme song. Jellaby shows up in Portia’s life during a late night excursion into the scary woods surrounding her house. Portia is a precocious youngster, dealing with the absence of her father. Throw in a big purple monster, with an incredibly sweet disposition, and a schoolmate, Jason, who would rather face a throng of bullies rather than relinquish his carrot stash, and you’ve got a trio ready to take on any challenge the world is ready to throw their way. For a non-graphic reader I found this a lovely gateway into the genre. There is much to appeal to young readers: strong and identifiable characters, action sequences, and the ridiculous situation of how to hide a big purple creature, with a dash of angst thrown in for spice. There are a few tricky ‘staging’ techniques used by the artist to depict dreams and thoughts that work very well, (i.e. even I could follow them), facial expression and dead wonderful, and easy to interpret. It does end in an abrupt cliff-hanger, good thing I have the sequel at hand.