Title: I want to be in a scary story
Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Jean Jullien
Published by Walker Books
RRP: $24.99

Little Monster wants to be in a scary story. But when the narrator begins, it is too scary for Little Monster. The setting is changed from a dark and scary forest to a haunted house, but that is still too scary for Little Monster. Then when the characters are too scary, Little Monster decides he wants to do the scaring. The change in story structure by the narrator is not what Little Monster has in mind and he runs out. Now it is the narrator’s turn to be a little scared!

This large format picture book is loads of fun. With large, poster print style illustrations and different coloured text for the narrator and Little Monster’s speech, it has much to offer the young audience. The typical scary characters and settings are depicted in a non-threatening way. Young readers will have lots of laughs with this one. Perfect for story time with groups of children and use in an early years’ classroom.


  • In this book they talk about scary and funny stories. What types of other stories are there? Do you have a favourite scary or funny story?
  • List the characters in the book. Have you read other books with witches, ghosts or monsters in them? Make a themed library of books with characters from the list.
  • Make a class book or story as a sequel with Little Monster as the main character.