Molly and the Night Monster by Christopher Wormell

Molly and the Night Monster

Written by Christopher Wormell

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Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Night fears are calmed in this beautiful picture book capturing moments familiar to many parents and children. In the middle of the night, Molly hears something on the stairs. She imagines all the monsters it could be and conjures up images of a sharp-snapping crocodile, a giant giraffe, and an enormous elephant or even something unspecified – a night monster. But Molly finds that she’s not the only one surprised in the night…The night time blues used in this book make it rich in atmosphere. Click here to visit the Chris Wormell page on Lovereading4kids.

What the Kate Greenaway Award judges said:

'A tour de force in monochrome. The blue is perfect to convey the night-time action and Wormell’s use of light is fabulous. The proportions of the animals are absolutely right and not at all anthropomorphical. And Molly is a great role model!'


Molly and the Night Monster by Christopher Wormell

When Molly wakes up in the middle of the night, she hears the sound of a step on the stairs. It could be a crocodile creeping up to catch her, or a giant giraffe outside on the landing, or even a night monster come to gobble her up, but when Molly surprises the tiptoeing beast, she gets an even bigger surprise of her own.


What makes this book stand out is Wormell's monochromatic night scenes, which emphasise the darks and lights of the moonlit bedroom. An atmospheric and reassuring tale -- Nikki Gamble The Bookseller This is an enchanting bedtime story with a very reassuring ending, perfect for young children being tucked up in bed and those who are perhaps more than a little afraid of the dark and all things that might go bump in the night! A simple and heart warming tale to share from an excellent illustrator and story teller! -- Louise Ellis-Barrett Write Away! Surely set to become a favourite bedtime story ... Wormell's animals, as ever, are magnificent Books for Keeps A beautiful story for bedtime reading -- Lindsay Myers Inis this gentle tale adresses common night-time fears in a reassuring way Junior Magazine

About the Author

Christopher Wormell

Christopher Wormell was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, in 1955. On leaving school in 1973 he studied painting with his father while working at numerous temporary of part time jobs.

In 1982, inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick, Reynolds Stone and Charles Tunnicliffe among others, he took up wood engraving. He became a full time illustrator in 1984 and began writing and illustrating his own picture books in 1999.

Recent work includes a stamp design for the Royal Mail millennium set, Neighbourhood Watch images for the Metropolitan Police Force, package designs for Waitrose and a billboard poster campaign for Adnams Beer.

His most recent book is The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit, published in the UK by Jonathan Cape in 2004.

His work has been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum (1998), The Fouts and Fowler Gallery, London (1990) and The Artworks Gallery, London (1994).

Christopher Wormell lives in North London with his wife, Mary and three children: Jack, Daisy and Eliza.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

5th August 2010




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