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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
These people are helping to fund The Monster Café.