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Imagine owning your very own monster . . . but what happens when the monster you ordered isn't quite what you expected? A playful picture book with a twist on family pets that children will love.

The Turner family has just got a monster, and the whole neighbourhood is in awe of his superhero stature, daredevil skill and all-round usefulness. Everyone wants their own monster. But sometimes the monster you order isn't necessarily the monster you get ...

Acclaimed comic writers Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have once again created a picture book that's bursting with wacky humour and clever illustrations. That's Not the Monster We Ordered will have kids clamouring to get their own monsters, too!


... the next-door neighbours get a monster who is amazing at EVERYTHING. He's strong and clever and helpful and the envy of the whole neighbourhood ... It's a hilarious picture book with a twist on family pets - kids of all ages will love it!

Rain Francis, Upstart Magazine

... a picture book bursting with wacky humour and clever illustrations.

Eastlife, Auckland

This dynamic Kiwi duo have pulled another one out of the box - and this time it's a substandard monster, nowhere near as impressive as the neighbour's and not the one ordered. But every dark cloud has a furry lining. A ripping yarn with delightful illustrations, this one will appeal to your little monsters.

Peter Shand Zeustian, Bay of Plenty Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 1, 2017

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
One Very Tired Wombat
Too Many Elephants in this House
The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
Why I Love Footy
Where Is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
LGB Scuffy The Tugboat And His Adventures Down The River
Koala Lou
LGB The Poky Little Puppy
Peppa Pig: Bounce and Play: Sticker Activity Book
LGB I'm A T. Rex!
Lgb The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
LGB The Little Red Hen
Lgb My First Counting Book
Lgb The Fire Engine Book
Lgb The Hug Book
LGB The Fuzzy Duckling