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The More Monster

Hayley Wells

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654698

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 17 February 2022

Category: Picture Books

Once there was an island controlled by a greedy monster. This monster always wanted more. More of the best, newest and shiniest objects, putting the islanders to work to satisfy its demands. But the more the monster has, the more it wants.

Until one day, a small islander asks why and sets out to see if she can change things.

What secrets will the little islander discover? 

Will the monster learn to share, and appreciate a simpler life? 

Hayley Wells’ debut picture book is a modern fairy tale with a strong message about sharing. Do we all need to keep producing and consuming more and more in order to be happy… or should we all be a little less greedy? 



Hayley Wells graduated with an MA in Children’s Books Illustration from the esteemed Cambridge School of Art in 2018.

Hayley is interested in discussing political topics such as environmentalism through their work, but with an emphasis on playful and accessible artwork to offset any underlying darkness. They also enjoy exploring quiet character relationships, especially those between humans and animals.



'A topical, thought-provoking debut with striking retro-style art'

The Bookseller