Happy birthday, Monsters!

Happy birthday, Monsters!

Happy birthday, Monsters!

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo is now 3 years old! I’m pleased to report that the monsters are now fully potty-trained (although a full potty does tend to provide interesting dung-flinging opportunities).

They are, however, still enjoying the odd tantrum, for example when they are told they are NOT allowed to stand in the toilet…even if they DO wear their wellies.

The monsters have also been going out and about on their travels. I can only imagine the mayhem they are leaving behind them.


It’s been a lovely three years. A huge thank you to everyone (big and small) who has read the book and enjoyed the monsters along the way. I’m delighted Monster Zoo has been shortlisted for so many wonderful book awards. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many schoolchildren and running many different events around the country. The book continues to donate 5% of author royalties to Tommys, who fund research to save babies’ lives, so every book bought does make a difference.

To celebrate the last few years, here are a selection of some of my favourite photos. Enjoy!


A busy, fun morning!

A busy, fun morning at the launch!

With Joe Marriott (editor). Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) at the Roald Dahl Funny Prize ceremony

With Joe Marriott (editor). Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) at the Roald Dahl Funny Prize ceremony


Sarah Perry’s wonderful storysack at a workshop by Devon County Council

boy and monster 3

class monster photo

Little monsters making little monsters

Little monsters making little monsters at Curledge Street Academy

Lots of little monsters came along!

Monster-mask making!

little monsters

Little monsters at the Booktrust Picture Book Party, Exeter Library


Monster skittles

Looking forward to more monstery adventures again soon!