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Here be Monsters

Written by Alan Snow

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Here Be Monsters is the inspiration behind the new Boxtrolls movie. An enormously inventive, endlessly entertaining, overwhelmingly original and astonishingly illustrated book set in the unbelievably weird world of Ratbridge. Eccentric and zany, fast-moving and funny with a Dickensian feel about it. Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events will love it.

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  • Tyler, age 9 - 'I loved it and finished it in four days.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Minton, age 8 - 'I really loved this book because it is funny and interesting at the same time.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Theobald, age 12 - 'This book was really good and I really enjoyed the adventure and suspense! Arthur was my favourite character by far. I liked how the book was different from other books that I have read.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'A fantastically funny and chaotically crazy adventure. Terrific!' Read full review >
  • Rohan Delamere, age 9 - 'This is a funny book about a boy called Arthur who lives underground with his grandfather. When he finds out that something strange is afoot he decides to try and find out what is happening.' Read full review >
  • Sophie Bridges, age 11 - 'I think this book was really good and I enjoyed the was really interesting and exciting.' Read full review >


Here be Monsters by Alan Snow

There's an emergency in Ratbridge! Only orphan Arthur and his new friends Willbury Nibble QC, Marjorie the inventor, a timid cabbagehead, and some very excitable boxtrolls can save the day! But are they really up to the job? Why has the evil Snatcher taken up residence in Cheese Hall? Who has stolen Marjorie's latest invention? And who knew that rats were so good at removing stains? Find out in this amazing, fun, and highly-illustrated romp!

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Here Be Monsters kicks the imagination into overdrive with belting characters, adorable illustrations and other fantastic inventions that will keep a child's appetite for fun fully satisfied. With superb illustrations and a lavishly imaginative plot, Here Be Monsters suggests that Roald Dahl might well have a 21st century successor - and that JK Rowling could have some competition on her hands The Big Issue

Snow's drawings suggest a Dickensian town, and his caricatures with their gormless faces and his lovingly rendered machinery make this book (now a website and film) as much fun to look at as it is to read. Sunday Times

The story engages the reader quickly. It is a zany and funny story as quirky as the author's picture books ... the visual imagery is fantastic in both senses of the word. The sheer vibrant fun of the story shines throughout. School Librarian

About the Author

Alan Snow

Alan Snow is the bestselling author/illustrator of How Santa Really Works, How Dogs Really Work and How Cats Really Work. He is also the author of the Here Be Dragons series and the wonderful Here Be Monsters series. After studying fashion at Salisbury College of Art, he worked in many trades, from tree surgery to sound engineering. He even found time to mix flavours into yogurt!

Alan lives in the West Country.

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256 pages


Alan Snow
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

4th September 2014




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