Monstrous Maud: Big Fright by A. B. Saddlewick

Monstrous Maud: Big Fright

Written by A. B. Saddlewick
Illustrated by Sarah Horne

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Maud Montague loves her new school, Rotwood. But she'll only be allowed to stay if she can convince her terrifying teacher she's a real monster. Will she prove she's top of fright class or will she get sent back to her boring old normal school, Primrose Towers?

Big Fright is the first in the scarily sensational Monstrous Maud series. Fans of Horrid Henry will love these frighteningly good books, perfect for engaging young readers.

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Monstrous Maud: Big Fright by A. B. Saddlewick

When Maud's pet rat, Quentin, escapes in the middle of science class, it's the very last straw. Maud is transferred from Primrose Towers to Rotwood Middle School - to the delight of her teacher, classmates and her perfect twin, Milly - but what is in store at Rotwood? There's something strange about the pupils of Rotwood - everyone's dressed as though it's Halloween and the school's motto is 'Because We Scare'. Is ten-year-old Maud Montague monstrous enough for Rotwood?

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a hilarious tale which will be relished by young readers and have them laughing aloud Parents in Touch

Frighteningly good Family Interest Magazine

Fans of Horrid Henry will love these frighteningly good titles Star Girl

A worthwhile debut for a new series of the spooky and comically horrible for the very young The Bookbag

About the Author

A. B. Saddlewick is the pseudonym for Tim Collins, the author of Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire and Prince of Dorkness.

A chat with the author...

Hi! How are you? It's been raining for hours, my roof is leaking and I have a slight cold. In other words, it's a perfect day and I feel great!

Did you enjoy writing the Monstrous Maud books? Very much so. The fair treatment of monsters is an issue close to my heart.

Who is your favourite character in the book and why? My favourite character is Maud. Like me, she's a human who's prepared to dabble in the spooky side of life.

Would you have liked to go to a school like Rotwood? I'd love to have gone to a monster school. Although I was never entirely convinced that our teachers were human, so perhaps I did.

If you could be a monster, what kind of monster would you be? I would like to be a vampire so I could transform into a bat. I often spend the night wandering the forest outside my house and gazing up enviously at the passing bats.

What was your favourite event at Sports Day when you were at school? Fortunately I had a note excusing me from all physical activity that has been in my family for six generations.

What is the meal you would least like to eat in the Rotwood School canteen? There is nothing on the Rotwood menu that disagrees with me. From spider stew to fried fingernails, I like it all.

Why did you choose a rat to be Maud's pet? Rats are very loving and affectionate creatures. Although I would recommend buying one from a pet shop rather than trying to befriend the feral ones behind the bins.

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128 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Buster Books an imprint of Michael O'Mara Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2012




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