The Monster from the Blue Planet by Cornelia Funke

The Monster from the Blue Planet

Written by Cornelia Funke
Illustrated by Elys Dolan

5+ readers   7+ readers   Little Gems   
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Interest Age 5-8 Zaleb lives on the planet Balbaz. She’s fascinated with stories of the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there and goes there to find herself a pet. Izzy, the little girl she captures, is not happy to find herself on a spaceship, but Balbaz sounds so exciting that she agrees to stay for three weeks. She has wonderful adventures there, including a ride on the back of a wishing moon dragon, and a less pleasant encounter with a fridge monster. By the time she goes home, Izzy and Zaleb are friends. There’s a lovely matter-of-factness to these stories that gives them a proper fairy-tale feel. Elys Dolan’s two-tone illustrations add to the fun. Written in Barrington Stoke style to be short and accessible, on cream paper and in a special easy-to-read font, these satisfying stories will have children dreaming of adventures in space. ~ Andrea Reece

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.


The Monster from the Blue Planet by Cornelia Funke

Hugely fun space adventure from international bestseller Cornelia Funke, with full colour illustrations by award-winning Elys Dolan. Zaleb is fascinated by the solar system and when she gets her very own spaceship for her birthday, she decides to go on an adventure! She's always loved the tales about the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there, so she decides to catch one to be her pet. But Izzy isn't about to be anybody's pet...! Can the two become friends?

High quality cream paper and a special easy-to-read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of popular children’s novels and picture books.

Born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten, Cornelia initially worked as an illustrator but soon began writing her own stories, quickly establishing a reputation as one of Germany’s best-loved children’s authors.

Her international breakthrough came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider, which spent 78 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Success continued with the publication of The Thief Lord, which immediately climbed to the #2 spot on the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 19 weeks, selling 1.5 million copies.

Inkheart the movie, starring Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany, was released in 2008.

Reckless marked the start of Funke’s exciting new Mirrorworld series, and was followed by Fearless.

Cornelia Funke now lives in California and is working on several new books.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 5 to 8 years


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Publication date

15th March 2015




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