Hello, Monster!


‘Hello, Monster!‘ The boy playing alone in the sandpit could be anyone. He could be a monster with a secret underground tunnel into which he lures lost boys and girls. Yet Mum wants me to play with him.

Escape from the tunnel would be difficult, especially if you dug into the black panther cage at the zoo. How could you escape from being the black panther’s next meal?

Mum is never forced into speaking to strange people at the park, people like the pigeon woman. It’s odd, too, for Mum’s always warning me not to speak to strangers! So, why does she persist in making me play with strange children?

With child-like, primary-coloured bold pictures of possibility, Maisie Paradise Shearring has interpreted the convincing, honest message of Clémentine Beauvais’ text. This is more than a picture book. It is a story for all ages to consider. ‘Hello, Monster!’ is a classic title that we recommend to homes, nurseries and schools.

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Hello, Monster!

Clémentine Beauvais & Maisie Paradise Shearring

(Thames & Hudson)– hardback

Why does Mum insist that the boy playing on his own in the sandpit needs me to play with? I don’t tell her to play with the woman with the pigeons! What if the boy in the sandpit is really a monster, ‘Hello, Monster!‘ What if the monster drags me into his tunnel beneath the sandpit that is full of lost children? Doesn’t Mum realise what she’s asking?
Hello, Monster!’ is a convincing, honest and original consideration of play and interaction through a wildly expressive and compelling picture book.


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