ALPHA MONSTERS

Alpha Monsters was published in April 2011 and was my first venture into writing and illustrating children's books.

'It's an island,' A said, 'in an uncharted sea, And the monsters who live here have letters like me.' 'Well that's how we'll find your lost toy,' Freddy said. 'We'll start off with you and go right through to Z.' Journey with Freddy to an amazing world filled with alphabet monsters, and see if he can help monster A find his lost teddy before dinnertime! The rhyming text and bright, cartoon style illustrations make this book a fun and entertaining experience for all the family.

How it began

The concept for Alpha Monsters began as a personal project I put together for my son to help with his Alphabet skills.

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After some positive feed back from friends and family, I decided to contact Scholastic Australia with the concept.

After several months I received an email from an editor at Scholastic who wanted to take the idea further.

It took many many drafts and a some experimentation with the look and feel of the characters

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Page Progression

All books go through several iterations and this, being my first, was no exception. Below you can see some of the experimentation that I went through, as well as how I managed to overlook basic things like "Alphabetical order". Oh the irony!

GALLERY

In 2012 the book was featured in the story time segment of Channel 10's Wurrawhy. Where is was read by a puppet cat and a man dressed as a personified computer mouse.   

This book will appeal to small children on so many levels. There are the cute Alpha Monsters and the cheeky smiling Freddy, there’s the adventure and the lost teddy problem that is something they will have experienced. Freddy helps Monster “A” remember where he left Teddy by going over everything he did that day – this is the same method a parent would use to help a small child find a lost toy.
— Dee White: Kid's Book Capers
Rhyming text and gorgeously bright, cartoon-style illustrations make this book a fun and entertaining experience for all the family.
— Tania McCartney: Kids Book Review

All images and Text © Chris Kennett 2011