Molly Maybe and the Ghost Train by Kristina Stephenson

Molly Maybe and the Ghost Train

Written by Kristina Stephenson

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Molly Maybe is a great picture book character! A resident of the village of Smallsbury she’s got a monster world under her treehouse, and an amazing machine – the Mundervator – to take her there. In this adventure Molly and her faithful canine companion Waggy Burns have to go underground to the aid of some very frightened little monsters. Kristina Stephenson’s stories are always lively and inventive, and this provides a highly satisfying mix of thrills and humour. The monsters are very sweet and Molly herself is cheerful, competent and brave, the kind of little girl we’d all like as a friend. Waggy Burns, who can talk below ground, is fond of starting sentences with phrases such as ‘I’ll hazard a hound-like guess…’ and is a delight! ~ Andrea Reece


Molly Maybe and the Ghost Train by Kristina Stephenson

Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret - she and her faithful sidekick, Waggy Burns, are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world which mirrors our own. Take a ride in the incredible mundervator with Molly and help her solve a crisis in Undermunder. There's a terrible smell in Smallsbury but Molly knows that it's not the drains! She ventures down into Undermunder and discovers three little monsters, who can't stop pumping out pony smells in fear. They've lost their kite and too scared of the ghastly ghost, the Ghoulie Gumpus to get it back. Will Molly be able to show them there's nothing to be scared of? Or is the Ghoulie Gumpus just too ghastly?

Find out more about the Molly Maybe books at Molly Maybe's Monsters!

About the Author

Kristina Stephenson

Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in Theatre and Children’s TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. She has illustrated many non-fiction books.

Kristina lives with her husband, who is a musician, and her son and daughter in Wiltshire.

A Day in the Life of Me

The alarm clock wakes me early – too early sometimes – but I’m glad it does – I must be up before anyone else. I need a quiet house (and the calming influence of the dawn chorus) in order to perfect my ‘master work-plan for the day’. I also need to pick a nice menu for supper, pack some sandwiches and a big bottle of water for Maddie’s geography trip and find that favourite little something for Charlie to take to school - just in case - (now where have I heard that before?).

At school I kiss the kids goodbye, remount my faithful bike and head back home. Home, which as I cycle towards it, is morphing magically into a place of work – an office. I’m clever you see: I make the beds, I wash up the breakfast things, and I hide away anything laundry-like, before I leave the house. I do it every morning, you know, so that by the time I return, the transformation has taken place. Wow!

This happens in a little room, which nestles neatly between the kitchen (which is, of course, on my return, no longer a kitchen but a place to refresh water pots and wash paint brushes) and the tiny courtyard (now bereft of all bikes bar mine), which has become a secret garden into which I look for inspiration and the occasional fairy.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

25th August 2016




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