When a Monster is Born

When a monster is born, there are two possibilities. Either it’s a faraway-in-the-forest monster – or it’s an under-your-bed monster! And if this is YOUR monster book, there are two possibilities: either you read it at night and laugh your bedclothes off, or you read it in the day and laugh your socks off! Either way, there are monstrous giggles inside! A hilariously anarchic story brought to exuberant life by the zany illustrations of top artist Nick Sharratt.

Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award.

“This has to be the most delightful book ever, full of humour that will make both you and your child collapse in a heap of giggles.” Red House

“Alarming fun.” The Observer

“A funny, fantastically illustrated book that every child will love.” Jacqueline Wilson

Recent reviews

  • its good

    8 March 2014

  • Really Good!

    8 March 2013

  • its a good book

    7 March 2013

  • This book is about what a monster could do when it is born.

    4 March 2013

  • soooo funny

    2 March 2012

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  • Sean Taylor

    Sean’s writing career began in 1994 – with Scholastic! – when he won the second prize in the Independent’s new writers’ competition, and his story was published in our anthology, ‘Story of the Year’. Since then, Sean has had numerous publications to his name (OUP, Frances Lincoln, Collins…), but it is in the last couple of years that he has been developing into a rising picture book star. Sean teaches English and creative writing to teenagers.


    Winner of the Nestle Smarties and Portsmouth Children’s Book Prizes for When a Monster is Born.

  • Photo of Nick Sharratt

    Nick Sharratt

    Nick Sharratt is one of the country’s favourite illustrators, with over 100 books to his name.


    Nick has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for A Cheese and Tomato Spider and the Nottingham Children’s Book Award for Elephant Wellyphant.

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