Author(s): Richard Fairgray
The Turner family has just got a monster, and the whole neighbourhood is in awe of his superhero stature, daredevil skill and all-round usefulness. Everyone wants their own monster. But sometimes the monster you order isn't necessarily the monster you get ... Acclaimed comic writers Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have once again created a picture book that's bursting with wacky humour and clever illustrations. That's Not the Monster We Ordered will have kids clamouring to get their own monsters, too!
What kind of monster would you want as a pet? Would he be furry and green, and larger than a lion to scare all your enemies away? Would he be the school bus for the whole class, powered by popping candy? Or would he be able to time travel so you didn't have to spend all day doing homework? That was the monster this family ordered. But it wasn't the one that arrived.
This monster is gassy, smelly, and he plays pranks on the rest of the family. But he's also friendly, cuddly, and bakes cakes for everyone. The New Zealand pair behind Gorillas in Our Midst and My Grandpa is a Dinosaur, Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, are back with their wacky humour. That's Not the Monster We Ordered reminds us that just like our own family members, they may be smelly and annoying, but they're our smelly and annoying, and we wouldn't change them or send them back. A great picture book for ages 3+ (especially adults).
Finalist for the 2018 NZ Children's Book Awards - Picture Book Category
Richard Fairgray is a New Zealand writer and illustrator who works on comics, picture books and screenplays. He has been publishing work since he was seven years old, and has more than 200 titles to his name. A former teacher and stand-up comedian, and a self-confessed workaholic, Richard's deep-seated fear that he may be a fictional character only serves to drive him harder. He insists that if he doesn't get enough done he'll have to come back as a ghost to finish off. Welsh-born Terry Jones has written magazine articles, text books, two YA novels and numerous comics as well a slew of unfinished sci-fi and thriller manuscripts. Since retiring early from teaching to write full time, he has produced everything from children's books to screenplays, plus at least one graphic novel a year. Terry immerses himself in digital media and is never more alive than when critiquing Silver Age Superboy stories or linking Twilight Zone episodes to sure signs of a crumbling society. He lives in Auckland.