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Writing for children – The five (and a half) rules

1. Get rid of the parents: Preferably they are gone for good (eaten by a tiger whilst exploring the jungle is handy because it’s dramatic, implies an adventurous family streak and is a tiny bit funny). If you can’t bear to part with mum and dad in perpetuity, they can...

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Insights: Q&A with a start-up publisher

We interviewed our very own Robin Bennett (a.k.a the knight on the home page) for an insight into his journey to the present and his plans for Monster Books in the future. Here's what he had to say:  How did you start out in the children’s book...

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My Week: Cover art, Space Dragons

Monster Books is getting its Spring 2018 catalogue ready, so I’ve been grappling with front covers over the last few days. Like ice skating, eating porridge and shopping for new trousers, it’s an activity I think I should enjoy but, actually, I don’t. I love going to...

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English Folklore For Teenagers & Young Adults

Picus the Thief - one of the best books of 2011 for young adults or teenagers Since Gormenghast and Middle Earth, English writers melding English folklore with European folklore have produced some of the best books for teenagers. Young adults will love...

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Extracts From The Library Of The Great John Thistle

Extracts from the library of the late John Thistle. Esteemed Angleland Faie On the rules of magik Everything on Earth that exists is in a state of Being and is therefore aware of Itself and, most importantly, it is Biddable. It follows, then, that all magik is...

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