Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

By Amy Sparkes and Sara Ogilvie (Illus)


What would you do if you received an invitation to run a zoo full of huge, scary monsters? This book tells a story about a brave little boy, who leaps at the chance, and although the monsters seem scary at first, he soon has them eating out of the palm of his hand.

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"Sparkes' addictive rhyming text is brought to bright and colourful life by Ogilvie's bold and painterly illustrations" -- Pam Norfolk The Blackpool Gazette "This story certainly went down well with several groups of under fives who loved the tongue tingling rhyming text and crazy mock scary monsters" -- Jill Bennett Red Reading Hub "Amy Sparkes' text is a lovely rhythmic verse that is sharp and to the point. The story could inspire some creative monster-designing, and the 'stand up and assert yourself' message is a nice surprise. The illustrations provided by the consistently brilliant Sara Ogilvie are great fun and each strange monster is beautifully imagined. Colours are loud and page space is used inventively. It's a pretty perfect picture book and will be adored by little monsters and their keepers." Books for Keeps "Riotous rhyming fun from the illustrator of Dogs Don't Do Ballet, with an inspiring message about overcoming challenges" -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

Author Biography

Amy Sparkes is the author of several picture books. She lives in Devon with her family and when she's not having adventures with her own children, she's running activities in schools, talking to children about writing.

Sara Ogilvie creates award-winning art which has been exhibited across the UK and abroad. Working as a freelance illustrator Sara creates images for editorial, design, publishing and advertising. She is the illustrator of many books including Dogs Don't Do Ballet, Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes and The Worst Princess.