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This Book is Not a Bedtime Story

Eoin McLaughlin

Illustrated by Rob Starling

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654384

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 1 October 2020

ISBN: 9781843654933

ASIN: 9781843654933

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Publication date: 8 October 2020

Category: Picture Books

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This book is NOT a bedtime story.

It’s scary, strange and rather gory.

Bedtime stories make you sleepy.

This book won’t. It’s much too CREEPY.

Except it isn’t… this book is told by a group of monsters who think they’re very scary, but in fact they’re not – they’re cute and cuddly. They try their hardest to scare you – in a haunted house, creepy wood, ghostly ship and darkest dark, but each time they fail! The problem is, these monsters aren’t at all spooky. They’re a bit silly, actually. And a bit cuddly. In fact, they share the insecurities and worries of us humans and all they want is a cosy, snoozy good night’s sleep.

Despite the title of this book it really is a bedtime story. A brilliant tale that reassures children, makes them laugh and gets them ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.


Eoin McLaughlin was born in Ireland, and lives in London. Along the way he has written several books that include Secret Agent Elephant and The Hug. He is adept at wittering, okay at whittling and terrible at whistling. He wants to write stories that make children wet themselves with laughter.


ABOUT THE Illustrator

Rob began doodling at school and hasn’t stopped since. He lives and works in Norwich, and when he’s not sketching up new characters or writing down stories he can be found sculpting, brewing coffee or foraging in the kitchen for cake. Oh, and teaching kids.

He was shortlisted for The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2018 for his debut book, Fergal is Fuming.



'Starling’s block colour illustration adds to the frivolous tone in a tale where familiar bedtime fears are easily defused with good natured humour.'

'You need to go grab a copy of this book… it’s so so good!'

'With its brilliant concept, cast of adorable monsters, a wryly funny chorus of animals ... and big, bold illustrations that bring the story to visual life, this is the perfect book to reassure you own little monsters at bedtime!'

'Robert Starling’s mock scary scenes of the would-be terrifying beasties ... are hilarious; and there are some deliciously funny words spoken by bit part players ... it’s most certainly one to share with youngsters. They’ll relish it, as will adult readers aloud, and the former will more than likely demand immediate re-reads.'

'This is a PERFECT bedtime story, banishing worries about scary monsters, laugh-out-loud funny and filled with gorgeous, bright illustrations.'

'This brightly coloured book is ... perfect to snuggle up to while settling in for a good night's sleep.'

'Hilarious... perfect for those last minute chuckles before bed!'

'Striking artwork ... and simple rhymes are great fun to read together. A lovely book for bedtime or any time.'