Book Details

  • Title: The Monster in Mummy (3rd Edition): Demystify Cancer for Children
  • Author: Donia Youssef
  • Genre: Breast Cancer Books
  • Publication Date: 3 January 2022
  • ISBN or ASIN: 1739872401
  • Number of Pages: 102


Do you have any monsters that you are afraid to face?

I have a monster inside of me, and believe me, he is not pleasant, but I have a bigger fear to face: explaining the monster to my children.

Monster in Mummy is a beautiful new picture book created to assist parents in effectively communicating a cancer diagnosis to their young children.

This book offers comfort and coping strategies to families who are struggling to break the news, as well as support to families who have lost a loved one.

Much love and hope has gone into this book to help young children cope with illness and loss, and to provide hope that we will all meet again someday.

About the author

Donia is the award-winning author of the Monster in Mummy series as well as the producer of the Monster awareness books and films. Donia has been through many traumas in her life, including the suicide of her sister at the age of 26 and her own battle with cancer at the age of 39. Donia became increasingly involved with various charities and organisations after the publication of her first book, and other survivors reached out to share their stories and experiences. Recognizing a market gap, Donia founded Monster Publishing Ltd, a publishing house dedicated to raising awareness and providing people with a platform to share and empower their stories.

Donia was diagnosed with cancer shortly after her 39th birthday, and she faced the difficult task of informing her two children, ages two and five. Donia, the founder of Tiny Angel Models LTD, has since become an advocate for effective communication of bad news. Donia began campaigning in between treatments to raise awareness about the emotional benefits of open communication between cancer patients and their children, as well as to enable social and spiritual growth.

Donia has received the following awards:

  • Authors Awards – London 2018 *
  • Authors Award 2018
  • Winner of the Authors Award for ‘The Monster in Mummy’
  • Corporate Live Wire London Prestige awards 2020
  • Child Modelling Agency of the Year
  • Winner of Top Child’s Modelling and Acting Agency 2019 and 2020
  • Corporate Live Wire London Prestige Awards 2021
  • Child Modelling Agency of the Year / Winner of Top Child’s Modelling and Acting Agency 2020-2021
  • Real D.A.D Global Education 2018
  • Mum of the Year Award 2018

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One thought on “Featured Book: “The Monster in Mummy” by Donia Youssef”
  1. Oh, God, that’s such an incredibly sad and useful topic. My father died from cancer, so I get how incredibly hard it must be to broach this subject with kids. It’s also crucial to their mental health. So, I’m glad the author had the courage to write about such a grim subject.