Amir doesn’t want to go to bed. He is scared of the dark and afraid there might be a monster under his bed; a monster called Grobblechops who has huge teeth and growls like a tiger.
Dad reassures Amir that if he growls louder, the monster will go away – but Amir can’t help catastrophising and worrying that Grobblechops’s mum and dad will join in the fight and eat him up. Luckily, Amir’s dad is a bit of an expert when it comes to monsters, and can rationalise and defuse all his son’s anxiety to the point where Grobblechops becomes a friend rather than a threat.
Stunning, collage-style illustrations reflect the quelling of Amir’s fears as Grobblechops and his parents subtly mutate from frightening to friendly.
A “monster-under-the-bed” story never fails to engage and entertain young children and this contemporary retelling, based on a classic tale by the poet Rumi, breathes new life into the genre for the next generation.
- Read a blog: is there really a monster under the bed?!
- Read an interview with illustrator Jenny Lucander: I felt proud and happy illustrating Grobblechops!
- Read a review by Jill Bennett: Adults and little ones will relish Grobblechops!
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