Oh No, Monster Tomato! by Jim Helmore, Karen Wall

Oh No, Monster Tomato!

Written by Jim Helmore, Karen Wall
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The Lovereading4Kids comment

The dramatic visual effects of the wonderful double page spreads in this book tell the delightful story of how Marvin sets out to grow the tastiest tomatoes in town – and succeeds! Marvin has much to contend with from his jeering bother and sister but he has the last laugh when, helped by a magic growing song, his tomato becomes a world beater. From the same illustrator as the wonderful Stripy horse.

Lovereading comment:

Marvin is very little and his brother and sister tease him about being so titchy, so when they enter a tomato growing competition, his brother and sister tell him his tomato will be titchy too. But with a little bit of magic and a special song, Marvin’s tomato plant begins to grow completely out of control - in fact you’ll find it growing out of the pages! Can Marvin grow the biggest tomato and win the competition? A lovely story that’s not to be missed.


Oh No, Monster Tomato! by Jim Helmore, Karen Wall

In the dark town of Grislygust a competition is under way - The Great Grislygust Grow-off. Marvin plans to grow the tastiest tomatoes in town but his beastly brother Boris an his poisonous sister Prunella make fun of him. 'You're a titchy weed, Marvin, and your tomatoes will be tiny too!' But Marvin is determined to prove everybody wrong and soon his competitors will find themselves in big trouble.

About the Author

Jim Helmore, Karen Wall

Jim and Karen live in South London. Karen still works as a textile designer when she’s not creating picture books, and Jim works in the publishing industry. They won the picture book category of the Sheffield Book Award for their first book Letterbox Lil (OUP) in 2007. They also recently won first prize at the Dundee Picture Book Award for Who Are You, Stripy Horse? and last year it was awarded silver in the Practical Pre-School Awards.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

5th October 2009




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