Book Description

Unique, folk-art style illustrations complement this tale of a kind-hearted monster who just wants to be accepted.

_Frankenstein_ as seen from the eyes of the Monster. A misfit wanders from village to village, looking for a place to call home, only to be driven away by terrified villagers. One day, he begins secretly living alongside a family and comes to love this perfect family. Soon, he reveals himself to the family. This boldly illustrated tale will have readers sympathising with the monster’s struggles of being accepted.

One day, a gang of greedy birds swoops in and their world is turned upside down. With some quick thinking from Freda, a solution is presented. However, this solution not only frightens the birds, it frightens Monty Mole as well. It takes a wheelbarrow of understanding to convince Monty that he is indeed still the best mole on patrol.

  • Unique, quirky folk-art inspired illustrations with a dark palette of colours.
  • Shows children that someone’s character is far more important than the way they look.
  • Teaches children that kindness is its own reward.

Grace Suen is a Chinese illustrator and graphic designer based in Beijing who graduated from the University of the Arts London with an MA in Visual Arts Illustration. An earlier and original version of her picture book Careful What You Wish For won the Macmillan Prize 2016 in the United Kingdom. She loves illustrating, collecting toys and living with her cats, hamsters and hedgehogs.

Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels

Guided Reading Level: Q

Grade Level Equivalent: 4

Educational Descriptions

Picture book, story elements: setting, plot and character development, Point of view: main character, Monster, figurative language, descriptive, vivid text, illustrations enhance meaning and tone, problem and solution, Comprehension strategies: identify author’s purpose, cause and effect relationships, changes from beginning to end of the story, make text to self connections. Themes: Acceptance, kindness, friendship, home.

Interest Age: 7 to 11 years

Reading Age: 9 to 10 years

RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-76036-093-1

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Strangers
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
JUVENILE FICTION / Monsters

World rights available, except for Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

Book Details
Author:
Grace Suen
Illustrator:
Grace Suen
Format:
Hardback
Size:
25.0 cm in H · 25.0 cm in W · 36 pages
Categories:
Release Date:
January 2021
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