Monstersaurus! by Claire Freedman


Written by Claire Freedman
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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March 2012 Book of the Month. The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title. Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry jelly he creates – A Bogablob! More Monsters follow from some unwholesome mixtures until he produces a Monster with a truly deadly weapon – the Kiss!

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Monstersaurus! by Claire Freedman

From the creators of the best selling, Richard and Judy Children's Books winning Aliens Love Underpants comes the MONSTERSAURUS! Monty LOVES inventing But things don't always work - His walking toaster ran away And the robot went BERSERK! But then one day Monty found a book with instructions on how to create inventions very it if you dare!


"This introductory book to a new series from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is perfect for capturing the imagination of fans of The Gruffalo." - Booktrust

The Aliens Love Underpants pair have dreamed up a big, bold thriller of a picture book… this is a guaranteed favourite.” - Daily Mail

Praise for Aliens Love Underpants series:

"The catchy bouncy rhymes perfectly complement the colourful wacky pictures of Martians in outsized Y-fronts." Georgia Coleridge, Daily Mail

'..with lots of smelly socks, mouldy cheese, bellybutton fluff and a good fight to get them giggling, this is a guaranteed favourite.' Sally Morris, Daily Mail

"You'll laugh your pants off!" Parent's News

"This book is a feast of colour and humour" Red House Children's Book Award 2008

"This fantastic rhyming story - with hilarious pictures of aliens and, well, underpants - is simply pantastic!" Galaxy British Book Awards 2008

"My three-year-old son Ezra ... says that he finds its attempt at post-ironic subversion of the sci-fi genre tiresome yet addictive. The things they say!" David Baddiel, The Times

"Aliens Love Underpants is a jolly romp in rhyme and pictures" School Librarian

About the Author

Claire Freedman

Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She has worked for the BBC, Harrods and for a reprographic company and now writes full-time. She is the author of a number of books for children, including A Kiss Goodnight, Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones and On This Special Night with Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside and, when she can, travelling abroad.

Claire discovered her love of writing for children after joining a local writing group – which she still enjoys attending regularly. She began by writing stories and picture strips for comics including Twinkle, Pingu and Sesame Street, before trying her hand at picture books.

Q&A with Claire Freedman

Where do you continue to get your inspiration from?

It’s not always easy to get new ideas, but usually something small will spark me off. It might be something someone says or does, or even a display in a shop window! Anything and everything can inspire me!

Your picture book Cuddle Bear is absolutely gorgeous. Are there times when you just really need a hug? If there’s nobody around at the time what do you do instead of a hug?

EVERYBODY needs hugs - that’s why it’s good to have Cuddle Bear around! If there’s no one around when I need a cheer up hug, I usually find my way to the extremely lovely store of chocolate bars in my kitchen!

Was there anyone or anything that inspired Cuddle Bear? Do you still have an old bear from when you were younger?

Cuddle Bear was inspired totally by my own teddy bear, Mr Cuddles. My husband, Michael, gave Mr Cuddles to me before we were married. Mr Cuddles has become quite a character in our house – which has led to the storyline!!! Of course he is now over the moon at being published and has insisted I buy him a diamond for his tooth and some celebrity shades!

What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I loved Winnie the Pooh.

If you had one piece of advice you could give to yourself when you were starting out as a writer, what would it be?

Believe in myself.

What’s the best thing about being a picture book author?

Hearing how much children (and adults!) have enjoyed my books, and that it adds to that special family time together.

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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

3rd March 2012




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