Your Child in the Café
Have Your Cake & Eat It
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In every town, there is one shop that always changes its face.
In Stapleton, it was the very last shop in town.
Bib is an adventurous sort of a boy, so a new café wouldn’t faze him, even if it was run by monsters! Excited by the idea of having a birthday dinner made by hairy beasts and served by a snake-like waitress, he encourages his whole family to take him to the most talked about place in town. But what, or who will be on the menu?
The debut children’s book by Sean Leahy and Mihály Orodán, The Monster Café is a humourous tale that deals with pre-conceptions, pre-school excitement and pre-tty big monsters.
“Sean is one of the funniest. Why aren’t you following him yet?” - Playboy
“He’s very funny, despite the circumstances” - Moose Allain
“Very funny indeed” - Sixth Form Poet
Sean Leahy is the flesh-and-bone edition of wonky tweetsmith, @thepunningman. For the past couple of years he has been writing very short and occasionally hilarious jokes to wild acclaim, being named one of the '50 Funniest People on Twitter', and appearing on Buzzfeed, Comedy Central, The Poke, Huffington Post, Funny or Die and TimeOut among others. Sean lives outside the gates of Hampton Court Palace with his wife and two children.
Mihály Orodán was born in Gyula, Hungary, with a pencil in his hand and a thumb up his nose. The only difference now is sometimes he uses a wacom tablet because it’s the future. Mike’s illustrations bring life to everything he touches, and have be seen gracing magazines, computer games, greeting cards and his twin boys’ bedroom wall.
- 21st February 2019 I'm out there Jerry, and I'm loving every minute of it!
AND WE'RE OFF!
Firstly, thank you SO much to everyone who made it along to our little launch party for The Monster Café. We had such a fun time reading the book to the kids and making up some new monsters to live in the town! It seemed by the volume like they all had fun too.
Thanks also to Mada Deli for allowing us to intrude on their quiet afternoon, and The Alligator's Mouth bookshop for…21st January 2019 It's party time!
Can you hear that? That's the sound of The Monster Café being so close to publication you can smell it! That's right, it's a multi-sensory extravaganza right here, and we're all set to launch this little beast into the Real World™.
And so, to celebrate the nationwide release of the book, we've decided to throw a little party. Take a looksee at this neat little flyer here:
On Thursday 7th…30th April 2018 Close to close
I had a little reminder this morning on my timehop app that it is two years to the day that we launched The Monster Café on Unbound. It has been quite the fairground ride, and speaking as someone who once went a shade of Dulux Eggshell White when stepping on to the Indiana Jones rollercoaster at Disneyland Paris, I am quite happy to say it's amost over.
How close though, Sean? You've teased us…2nd March 2017 Happy World Book Day
Every day is World Somethingorother Day now, isn't it? But today… today is a good one.
My drive to work this morning saw me overtake wizards, faeries, knights and pirates, all hurrying to school to show off their wonderful and outrageous costumes. And it was putting smiles on faces. World Book Day celebrates authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading.
It’s the biggest…1st February 2017 We'll give it one hundred (and four) percent
Look, I know everything you have read for the past few weeks has been bad. Doom AND gloom. In spades. But shall we just crack the door open to a tiny glimmer of what might be considered A Nice Thing?
WE'RE ONLY BLOOMIN' FUNDED, COLIN!
(I don't know who Colin is)
A huge, enormous, THANK YOU-shaped slice of the good stuff to all of you who pledged to this book. And extra sugary stuff on top to…3rd October 2016 Have your cake and tweet it
Good grief, it's only October. That means it's less than a month before I can crowbar the fact that all the children in your neighbourhood(s) are dressed up as monsters is probably a good reason to pledge towards… hello, what's this? A children's book about monsters! How terribly convenient.
I've been thinking lately of devising a few new pledge levels for the book to offer out something new to…16th August 2016 Illustrate of the Nation Address
Well hello there.
Apologies for a short lack of updates, but hopefully all this weather we're having heaped into our laps is keeping you outside in the real world and breathing in that fresh stuff you need to stand up.
I'm here to e-bother you today with news about your friend and mine, Mike, the man responsible for translating my words into beautiful visions for the benefit of your peepers…27th June 2016 It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice
Uhoh, I bet you thought the one place you could avoid political chat was in the blog post of a kid's book, huh?
Last week one of the biggest decisions these isles have ever had to make came to pass. It may seem slightly over the top to try and tie in this news with our book, but bear with me for a sec.
I've not at any point pushed the topic that is broadly dealt with in The Monster…31st May 2016 Drawing on our natural resources
Hi there, I trust you had a pleasant bank holiday weekend? Washing the car, leaving the bbq grill in the sink for a bit, finally getting around to putting that shelf up, that sort of thing. I spent an afternoon sitting on a scale model steam train and declining offers to go to the pub because I have tiny versions of myself to raise, because that's what you do when you sign the parenting license.…
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