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The Creature

Written by Helen Bate

The Creature Synopsis

It was cold, it was wet, it was trembling and hairy. But then it awoke... Growling and SCARY! No one is expecting the Creature. It arrives, makes itself at home with the children and becomes part of the family, however hard they try to get rid of it! Until one day it makes a nest on the top bunk and goes very quiet... What could be going on?

The Creature Press Reviews

With its quirky illustrations, surprise ending and rhyming text that echoes the rhythm pattern of The Night Before Christmas, this is fun read-aloud that leaves plenty of gaps for readers to fill. * Red Reading Hub * At the heart of this book there is a story of empathy and acceptance, of knowing that not everything is familiar and that this is not always a bad thing...In world that is turning in on itself, one that is showing worrying signs of becoming insular and unwelcoming, it is books like these that will help children to become well-rounded, welcoming people. * EYE * A lovely salute to community, embracing even the stinkiest member...with bonhomie. the artwork is a gripping mix of shadows and striking elements of colour. Curiouser and curiouser - and altogether a pleasure to experience. * Kirkus Starred Review * Bate's illustrations are homely and sympathetic. * Achuka * A fabulous story that really ignites the imagination. * Let them be Small * Superbly expressive illustrations show just what the family think of their uninvited guest in this hilarious picture book. * Parents in Touch * Should delight and thrill little ones. * Read it, Daddy! * A thought-provoking, curious and unusual story. * Armadillo * A strong message of sharing and acceptance of the unfamiliar with striking and imaginative illustrations * Carousel *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959145
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Author: Helen Bate
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Helen Bate

Helen Bate is a versatile illustrator, who previously qualified as an architect. Her picture book ABC UK, by James Dunn, was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and she is also the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Peter in Peril, published by Otter-Barry Books. Helen is passionate about how good quality design can improve communication and has established Pictures to Share, a Social Enterprise publishing illustrated books for people with dementia which was the winner of the 2014 People's Book Prize, Best Achievement Award. Helen Bate lives in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

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