Mummy's Little Monster
Dawn McNiff
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 7 and Under
Size: 229 x 280mm
Extent: 32pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-48-1
Illustrator: Kate Willis-Crowley
Publication date: February 2013
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World Rights    Rights sold: Sweden

Tiny Troll loves his mummy more than anything, even puddles and earwigs, but when Mrs Troll begins curling her bristles, ready to go out, Tiny Troll bursts into tears. He wants to go too! What will it take for Mrs Hag, the babysitter, to settle him down to sleep? Patience, cuddles and mud-milk. And a goodnight kiss from Mum when she gets home.

 

About the illustrator:

Kate Willis-Crowley has a Master's degree in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, and is the author-illustrator of several picture books. She lives in Ramsgate with her husband and son.

Dawn McNiff:

“I was inspired to write Mummy’s Little Monster by my daughters, Poppy and Lola. Sometimes if I went out when they were small, they would shriek and cling on to my legs like baby monkeys. Of course they always had a lovely time with the babysitter in the end - just like Tiny Troll.”

 

Kate Willis-Crowley:

“My son, Alfie, totally inspired my vision for Dawn's little troll toddler. Strip away the horns and the tail and it's basically Alfie stomping around having a toddler tantrum. This story really lends itself to cheeky little background details; slimy creatures, grim lotions and potions, that sort of thing. As a kid, I adored Joseph Wright's illustrations for Frank Muir's 'What a Mess'; they were full of hilarious little details. That idea of rewarding the attentive reader with a few extra funnies has always stuck with me, and Dawn's troll story really allowed me to play about with these kind of ideas.”

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