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Colour First Reader: The Monster Story-Teller Award-winning author/illustrator

by Jacqueline Wilson (author) and Nick Sharratt (illustrator)

Suitable for 5 - 9 years

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Product Description

So you’re moving up from picture books, and you’re looking for great stories to read on your own. Well, the clever folk who made these books know just what you need. And they’ve got their very best authors and artists to create it! Exciting stories that really grab your attention. Bright pictures that help you follow the action. And simple word practice too. The Colour First Reader series gives you all those things. Lucky you!

  • From a popular series that puts the fun into solo reading
  • Take a thrilling ride in a flying saucer with a tiny monster
  • By the star team of Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt
  • Simple, funny text which quickly builds reading skills

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Date published

August 4th, 2011

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.0; Lower years; 0.5 points




Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first “novel” when she was nine, filling countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. Since having her daughter, Emma, she has been writing full time.

Her insightful and emotionally challenging books not only stretch reading ability, but give young readers a glimpse into many kinds of lives. Smart girls, strong girls, bad girls, brave girls. Girls keeping their families going, girls trying to get away… Jacqueline Wilson’s written about them all! These powerful stories of plucky girls in difficult circumstances won’t fail to strike a chord.

She has written over 70 best-selling books, and several have even been adapted for TV – most famously The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her signing sessions attract huge crowds of fans and last for hours! Over 25 million copies of her books have now been sold in the UK alone.

In 2007 Jacky Daydream was published, an inspirational true story of how a shy schoolgirl became a superstar author. This was followed by My Secret Diary, a captivating account of Jacky’s teenage years.

In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools, and she was the Children’s Laureate from 2005-2007. She also became a Dame in December 2007.

Nick Sharratt

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Nick Sharratt needs little introduction with books going down a storm time and time again. He has written and illustrated many books for children, and also enjoys great success illustrating books for Jacqueline Wilson and Jeremy Strong.

He was born in 1962 and trained at the St Martin’s School of Art. Inspired by 1960s pop and graphic art, his work is instantly recognisable for its bold images and punchy colours. With lots of moving tabs, flaps to lift and other interactive features, as well as exciting wordplay and cheeky humour, Nick’s books let children discover all the different ways in which books and words can work.

He lives and works in Brighton, in a studio overlooking the sea.

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  1. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    I liked it very much

    4out of 5
  2. Default avatar

    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  3. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2014

    Excellent book

    5out of 5
  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    This is about a girl who becomes friends with a monster.

  5. Love stargirl 113412

    on 5 March 2014

    lol different from the rest but amazin well better than the other young books by jacky (the dino’s packed lunch)

    2out of 5
  6. Avatar owl 761790

    on 29 December 2013

    I liked it very much. It was full of surprises. I would rate it for children who have just started reading. :)

    5out of 5
  7. Default avatar

    on 25 August 2013

    i think this book is amazing.. it made my imagination go wild when the space ship came with a little monster inside it who came in natelies rescue when she felt bored. i would like to read more of those books i think they are fantastic

    5out of 5
  8. Bellasara 113282

    on 8 March 2013

    A short story for younger readers.

    3out of 5
  9. Petula 113689

    on 7 March 2013

    Really Good!

  10. Dora thumb 222

    on 4 March 2013

    This is about a girl called Natalie who is bored but then sees an alien out on the window and goes on a adventure with it.

  11. Bellasara 113282

    on 29 October 2012

    this book was really good

    4out of 5
  12. Default avatar

    on 6 October 2012

    This book is awsome. Plus Jacqueline Wilson is the one author’s in a million she can not be beaten by any other author. LOL! I advice everyone (especially girls) to read this book.

    5out of 5
  13. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 May 2012

    Well,this book is certainly for younger readers at about age 6 and up. Although i still enjoy reading this book now older than 6. The vocabulary is very,very easy for all ages and quite enjoyable :)

    3out of 5
  14. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2012

    I am sure that loads of people would love this book.

    5out of 5
  15. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2012

    Haven’t actually read this book but the cover is just amazing! so that is why i wrote the review.

  16. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 1 March 2012

    it looks really funny and creative

  17. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    Soooo goood.

    4out of 5
  18. Default avatar

    on 9 January 2012

    I was really pleased to see a Jacqueline Wilson book that I could read as my big sister Kloe loves reading anything by Jacqueline Wilson so I knew I would enjoy this book.

    I really enjoyed The Monster story-teller because I could read it all by myself. I loved the colourful pictures.

    My favourite part was when Natalie went to McMonsters with Little Monster. My favourite character was Natalie because she found Little Monster. This book is great for boys and girls aged 5 up.

    Madison, aged 6

    This is my first book I have read on my own.

    My favourite character is The monster because he has fluffy hair and sharp claws and sharp teeth. My favourite part is when Natalie and the monster went on the flying saucer to monster planet.

    This book I recommended to boys and girls aged 5-8 to read with a little help. The colours are very colourful.

    Stephanie, age 6

  19. Pearl 113298

    on 31 October 2011

    Very funny and great for younger readers!

    5out of 5
  20. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 21 October 2011

    This was my second Jacqueline book that i read and it truly loved it. I think that the author has been very creative with the story.