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Love Monster

Written by Rachel Bright

Illustrated by Rachel Bright

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LoveReading View on Love Monster

No one likes a funny-looking monster with sticking-out teeth and staring, googly eyes – especially if he lives in Cutesville, the home of cuddly bunnies and fluffy kitties. Poor Monster! Will he find happiness? He just needs one person to love him. Just when he’s given up, the very special person turns up and the world looks quite a different place. Simple and bold illustrations carry this touching story to its happy conclusion.

A message from the author and illustrator, Rachel Bright:

"Love Monster is a story that arrived in my brain unannounced. These ideas are my favourite kind. They usually come knocking when a pencil and paper is the last thing I have to hand – you know – like in the bath or halfway up a mountain or, in this case, when I was fast asleep in bed. I awoke wide eyed *ping* at 5am (this isn’t common believe me) and got up as fast as my slippers would carry me. To the dulcet tones of our dog, Elvis, snoring in his bed, I sat at the kitchen table and sketched furiously until the sun came up. As Herman, our cockerel, crowed to signal the arrival of the day, so Love Monster had arrived too. 

"A few months and many hours of magical printmaking later (I did all the illustrations using an amazing technique called solar etching which involves special printing plates, lots of messy ink and big, old printing presses), I had the book in its finished form. What’s even lovelier about it now is that the drawings are made of light: Love Monster is quite literally made of sunshine…"

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Love Monster Synopsis

Love Monster is now introduced to toddlers in this board book format!

Featuring the only Monster in Cutesville, Love Monster is a wonderfully warm and witty look at how sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you...

It can be tough being the only funny-looking Monster in Cutesville, but this Monster is not one to hang around and feel sorry for himself, so he's off - out into the big wide world to look for someone to love him. He looks high, he looks low and he looks everywhere in-between, but it's only when he's just about to give up that he finally finds what he is looking for...Featuring an instantly charming main character who will appeal to children and adults alike, Love Monster is a warm and witty tale about the power of taking action from a terrific talent.

Here's an original early sketch of Love Monster:Love Monster early sketch

And you can see how Love Monster was created in this fantastic video:

Love Monster Press Reviews

A delightful story with an aah ending. - The Sun

A sweetly inspiring story aimed at encouraging little readers to take positive action when life is not going their way. - The Observer

Love Monster is a delightful book which has gorgeous pictures, clear text, and a witty story line - We Love This Book


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008106201
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9780007445462
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008106201
Publication date: 1st January 2015
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Rachel Bright
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Board book
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Rachel Bright

Rachel Bright is a writer, illustrator and printmaker; and the creator of the award-winning stationery and homeware range, The Bright Side. Rachel has written and illustrated several books for children, including Love Monster, and is the author of The Lion Inside, illustrated by Jim Field. She lives on a farm near the seaside with her partner, their daughter, a dog called Elvis and a cat called Superman. You can read an extended biography of Rachel by clicking here.  10 Things you might not know about Rachel Bright: She collects alphabets and hats and has a Nissan Figaro car which ...

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