The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit by Christopher Wormell


The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit by Christopher Wormell

'Once, in a cave, there lived a horrible ugly monster. Perhaps the most horrible and ugly monster in the whole world.' So ugly is the monster that lives in this cave that he can turn a blue sky to snow and evaporate a pond just by dipping his toe in it. No living thing can stand to be in his presence. But the monster is not ugly on the inside; he's just lonely; very, very lonely. So he decides to build some friends out of stone, but not even stone can stand the full force of the monster's smile, and all the stone animals shatter ...except for one: the little stone rabbit. The monster is thrilled with his new friend - even if the only game he's any good at is playing statues (at which he excels) - and for a time life is good. But even monsters cannot live forever ...


Chris Wormell is creting some wonderfully original, lovely books The School Librarian Wise, funny, heartbreaking tale -- Amanda Craig The Times Thought-provoking ... The mood is enhanced by evocative illustrations ... Great for all ages and abilities Primary Times A tender story where the hero's dogged cheerfulness makes him beautiful Bournemouth Daily Echo Wormell's narrative voice is both rueful and self-aware in a story of loneliness and friendship Oxford Times

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 from 5 to 7 To 7


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Publication date

6th January 2005



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