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When a Monster Is Born

By Sean Taylor, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Roaring Brook Press

When a monster is born, there are two possibilities... each episode in this comical story presents a choice between absurd alternatives ("Either it sits quietly and does its homework . . . or it eats the Principal"), followed by an equally absurd--and frequently unexpected-- outcome ("If it sites quietly, that's that. But if it eats the Principal, there are two possibilities..."). A subversive and satisfying take on "What if . . . ?" illustrated in bright pick-me-up colors, When a Monster is Born will have readers imagining unlikely stories of their own--and laughing out loud.

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Praise for When a Monster Is Born

“Fittingly, this book’s large size, dramatic black backgrounds, and bold colors leap off the page at readers, just like a monster jumping out of a closet. . . . With its zany humor, skillful timing of page turns, and over-the-top story line, this is an engaging tale that children will respond to and request again and again.”—School Library Journal


“More slapstick than scary, this monster picture book, the author's debut, is a deliciously silly, circular tale. . . . Bright, funny, and interactive, this is just the thing for a sugared-up, restless story-hour crowd.”—Booklist

“In the fine tradition of Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and Remy Charlip’s Fortunately (1980) comes this British import sure to have little monsters everywhere asking to hear it again. . . . Sharratt’s heavy-lined cartoon illustrations are a perfect match for Taylor’s debut. Multiple typefaces will aid even the clumsiest readers in making this a storytime staple.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“The hilarious possibilities in the predictable structure and the bright mixed-media illustrations against alternating black and white backgrounds make this a great choice for storytime.”—The Horn Book

“Fittingly, this book’s large size, dramatic black backgrounds, and bold colors leap off the page at readers, just like a monster jumping out of a closet. . . . With its zany humor, skillful timing of page turns, and over-the-top story line, this is an engaging tale that children will respond to and request again and again.”—School Library Journal


“More slapstick than scary, this monster picture book, the author's debut, is a deliciously silly, circular tale. . . . Bright, funny, and interactive, this is just the thing for a sugared-up, restless story-hour crowd.”—Booklist

“In the fine tradition of Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and Remy Charlip’s Fortunately (1980) comes this British import sure to have little monsters everywhere asking to hear it again. . . . Sharratt’s heavy-lined cartoon illustrations are a perfect match for Taylor’s debut. Multiple typefaces will aid even the clumsiest readers in making this a storytime staple.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“The hilarious possibilities in the predictable structure and the bright mixed-media illustrations against alternating black and white backgrounds make this a great choice for storytime.”—The Horn Book

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • By Sean Taylor, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

  • Sean Taylor is a graduate of Cambridge University and has worked as a publisher, journalist, and teacher. He has lived in Zimbabwe and Brazil, from where he has just returned to his native England. Nick Sharrat has illustrated many books for children, including the bestselling novels of Jacqueline Wilson. He lives in London.
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When a Monster Is Born

By Sean Taylor, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Washington Children's Choice PB Award Master List
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Roaring Brook Press

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