Peanut by David Lucas


Peanut by David Lucas

This is the story of a little monkey as big as a nut, alone in the wide, wide world! Peanut is a very tiny monkey who's afraid of everything. When the wind blows, he thinks his tree is falling down; when the sun sets, he thinks the whole sky is on fire; and, when everything goes dark, all Peanut can do is close his eyes and wait for The End. He's so busy waiting that when Beetle tries to squeeze past him, the pair of them fall from their branch. Luckily, Peanut's tail comes to the rescue and as they sit together to recover from their fright, a new day dawns. Watching the sunrise, Peanut realizes his new world isn't really frightening at all, and he and his new friend set out to explore their tree together. This is a reassuring tale for small children who are nervous of the world around them.

About the Author

David Lucas

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."

As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

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32 pages
Interest Age: 2+


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Publication date

5th October 2009



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