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I Want To Be in a Scary Story - Sean Taylor

I Want To Be in a Scary Story

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2017
ISBN: 9781406363463
Number Of Pages: 48
For Ages: 3+ years old

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The stellar duo behind Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise reunites to create a book that will have children (and their parents!) roaring with laughter once again.

From the team behind the acclaimed Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise comes a very scary read-aloud story...or is it? Monster wants to be in a scary story - but is he brave enough? Scary stories have creepy witches and creaky stairs and dark hallways and spooky shadows...Oh my goodness me! That is very scary. Maybe, a funny story would be better after all? Brilliantly interactive, children will delight in the wickedly funny turn-of-the-pages, see themselves in the goofy, unconventional monster, and revel in the bold, hilarious illustration of celebrated graphic artist, Jean Jullien.

About the Author

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include picture books such as Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, illustrated by Jean Jullien, Where the Bugaboo Lives, illustrated by Neal Layton, The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao, A Brave Bear, illustrated by Emily Hughes and Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh, illustrated by Kate Hindley. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two sons.

About the Illustrator

Jean Jullien is an illustrator who works with a vast range of media including illustration, photography, installations and clothing. He graduated from Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art and, in 2011, founded Jullien Brothers, specializing in moving image. His clients include Waterstones, the Tate, Channel 4, Byron Burger, The New York Times and the Guardian; he also regularly exhibits his work worldwide. His picture books include Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise, written by Sean Taylor, and Ralf. Originally from Nantes, France, Jean now lives in London.

Industry Reviews

"[...] a playful, inventive read-aloud tale" * The Bookseller *
"A fun, jumpy read." * Sunday Express Magazine *
"Sean Taylor knows just how much scariness little monsters, purple or otherwise, can take, and his clever scaling back of the terror as the tale proceeds, is spot on for keeping young listeners on the edge of their seats. Equally Jean Jullien's creepy scenes have a sufficient degree of zaniness to grip but not unduly alarm; and that final twist really hits the spot." * Red Reading Hub *
"With its witty dialogue between reader and character, Sean Taylor's playful book is perfect for children of a more nervous disposition, and we love the in-your-face artwork by hot French graphic designer Jean Jullien, too." * Gurgle *
"We laughed and laughed" * BooksForBoysWeb.wordpress.com *
"[...] beautifully cute [...] wonderful to read aloud [...] has a classic Meg and Mog feel to it" * Down The Rabbit Hole *
"The bright, bold illustrations which fill each page are great for drawing children in, building anticipation and making us wonder what will happen next. It's hard not to fall in love with Little Monster and his humorous antics." * childcareexpo.co.uk *
"Ghoulish goodies abound for picture-book fans this Halloween, including I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien (Walker). [...] This is beautifully structured for reading aloud; a vibrant, viewpoint-flipping picture book that should lessen small readers' fairytale fears." * The Guardian *
"The must-have picture book for this spooky season. [...] With catchy back-and-forth dialogue between the narrator and the characters, witches, haunted houses and ghosts everywhere, it'll have you roaring with laughter from start to finish. What more could your little monster want this Halloween?" * Ni4kids *
"This book is brilliantly interactive, making it a perfect story time book." * Primary Times *

ISBN: 9781406363463
ISBN-10: 1406363464
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st September 2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.6 x 25.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.58

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Jean Jullien

About the Author


Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently living in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art in 2010. He works closely with the musician The Coward. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.

He has worked for the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Guardian, Beams, RCA records, the Connaught, Colette, SZ magazin, National Geographic, Le Grand Palais, Le Centre Pompidou, Amnesty International, Esquire, Le Coq Sportif, Le Bon Marché, Hermès, Mr Porter, Champion USA, Salomon, Petit Bateau, Vogue, and more.

He has shown work all around the world, from Paris to London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and other places.

He’s published numerous children books with Phaidon, Walker Books and Comme des Géants. He has also published a monography and series of books gathering his humorous visual puns.

In 2011, he founded Jullien Brothers, a duo specialised in moving image: jullienbrothers.com

In 2012, he created News of the Times with Yann Le Bec and Gwendal Le Bec

In 2016, he created the brand Nounou with Jae Huh, a label producing a wide range of things, from clothing to dolls and rugs.

Visit Jean Jullien's Booktopia Author Page