We are thrilled to announce that we have acquired World English rights in a hilarious and fast-paced adventure story for 7-9s, Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett from Joanna Moult at the Skylark Literary Agency.

Max is an ordinary boy until he burps, when he turns into a big hairy monster. Fortunately when he sneezes he can turn himself back into a small, grubby boy again.

When he’s a monster, Max does all the monster things like roar loudly and eat whole dustbins. But, after scaring a few too many elderly neighbours Max, resolves to use his monstering to ‘protect and do good stuff’.

If only it were that easy…

‘We are really thrilled to acquire this very funny and hugely enjoyable story, which we’re sure will delight readers everywhere,’ said Firefly publisher Penny Thomas.

Robin Bennett, an author and entrepreneur who has previously published under the Monster Books imprint, said: ‘In my life I have been a very bad gravedigger (assistant), chaotic tank commander and a jammy entrepreneur. Finally I’ve found out I’m an expert in small boys who can turn themselves into hairy monsters. I’ve found my place in the world.’

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting will be published this autumn and will be illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury.

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