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I Want to Be in a Scary Story

Written by Sean Taylor

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

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LoveReading View on I Want to Be in a Scary Story

Wonderfully bold illustrations and a very cute monster in a tables-turning triumph of a tingly tale

The Little Monster thinks he's brave but we're not so sure! Little Monster really wants to be in a scary story but he won't listen to the narrator who thinks a funny story might be better... But the dark and scary forest is just too dark and scary. And the creepy witch is just too creepy. And the ghost? Oh jeepers creepers! Jean Julliene's illustrations jump off the page; the Little Monster pulls the most wonderfully expressive faces. A cute, funny and just a little bit scary, picture book perfect for Halloween fun.


I Want to Be in a Scary Story Synopsis

Monster wants to be in a scary story - but is he brave enough? Scary stories have creepy witches and creaky stairs and dark hallways and spooky shadows... Oh my goodness me! That is very scary. Maybe a funny story would be better after all? Brilliantly interactive, children will delight in the wickedly funny turns-of-the-page, see themselves in the goofy, unconventional monster, and revel in the bold, hilarious illustration of celebrated graphic artist, Jean Jullien.

I Want to Be in a Scary Story Press Reviews

A vibrant, viewpoint-flipping picture book Guardian

Praise for Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise: This is the funniest picture book I have read in a long time David Walliams

[...] a playful, inventive read-aloud tale  The Bookseller

Sean Taylor knows just how much scariness little monsters, purple or otherwise, can take, and his clever scaling back of the terror as the tale proceeds, is spot on for keeping young listeners on the edge of their seats. Equally Jean Jullien's creepy scenes have a sufficient degree of zaniness to grip but not unduly alarm
and that final twist really hits the spot.   Red Reading Hub

With its witty dialogue between reader and character, Sean Taylor's playful book is perfect for children of a more nervous disposition, and we love the in-your-face artwork by hot French graphic designer Jean Jullien, too.   Gurgle

We laughed and laughed

..beautifully cute...wonderful to read aloud...has a classic Meg and Mog feel to it    Down The Rabbit Hole

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406380002
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406363463
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406380002
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Sean Taylor
Illustrator: Jean Jullien
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include the Purple Class series of comic adventures set in an urban primary school, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, a novel for teenagers called A Waste of Good Paper, and picture books such as The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao and Boing!, illustrated by Bruce Ingman. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two sons. Visit Sean at  

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