The Loch Mess Monster by Helen Lester

The Loch Mess Monster

Written by Helen Lester
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

3+ readers   
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Angus lives at the very bottom of Loch Ness with his parents and he is meant to stick to some very simple rules the most important of which is, never go up to the surface of the Loch. But Angus breaks the family rule when he goes to the surface of the loch and learns a lesson he will never forget! Angus learns the hard way to do what he has been told!


The Loch Mess Monster by Helen Lester

Ever since Angus was a wee baby monster living below the surface of Loch Ness, his parents tried to teach him to be a proper monster. But as Angus grows bigger, he gets sloppy. Puggy-nit peanut shells are piling up; his grottie laundry is in a heap; tattie cans litter the floor. It's a mountain of a mess! And as Angus' rubbish heap grows, a surprising Loch Ness sighting of his own awaits on the surface of the lake...Children will love the twist at the end of this monstrously funny cautionary tale!


Believable, appealing characters and pitch-perfect pacing combine nicely with Lester's always-humorous text and Munsinger's hilariously detailed illustrations in this cheerful cautionary tale. Kirkus Munsinger's ink-and-watercolor illustrations add to the story's deadpan humour, and although this is a message book, the lesson is delivered with such hilarity it never feels preachy. Booklist

Youngsters will fall in love with Angus, and adult will appreciate the laugh-out-loud lessons Angus learns about the hazards of a messy bedroom. School Library Journal

About the Author

Helen Lester (Author) Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York.Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator) Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat. She divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


Helen Lester
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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