Nibbles The Book Monster by Emma Yarlett
Bursting through my door, and through his own front cover, Nibbles is one of the cutest monsters I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Nibbles will eat through anything, but his favourite food appears to be books – and during the passage of this picture book he nibbles through several favourite fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He not only chews on the pages, but manipulates the story, adding a twist to each book within the book. With flaps to lift, holes in pages, a page in which Nibbles is hidden among thousands of book titles, and books within the book (although with holes through them), this is an adventure in paper as well as story.
The illustrations are delightful – acute attention to detail, hilarious renderings of Goldilocks, a grumpy diva-ish Little Red Riding Hood, as well as books everywhere on every page. It’s a marvellous celebration of story and illustration and the magic of modern day book-making.
The text talks to the reader – we have to keep Nibbles in check ourselves, so that the involvement with the reader is complete – to the very back cover. It’s an interactive book with a wonderful sense of play. An exceptional picture book for children aged 3+ years and way beyond. Nibble your way through the bookstore to purchase your own Nibbles here.
Author and illustrator Emma Yarlett has very kindly agreed to show you how to draw Nibbles yourself. So, in good old-fashioned Blue Peter style – I’m handing over to Emma:
How to Draw Nibbles
First lightly draw a circle
Lightly draw on some long triangles…
Now this monster needs legs and feet. This monster loves to go places fast. Draw two bendy upside down straws…
And voila they are legs and feet! Uh-oh.
Oi! Nibbles come back, you’ve got no eyes, you’re going to bang into the edge of the…
Told you. Now come back here. Let’s give him some eyes before he hurts himself. Two beady big eyes.
And two naughty little stripy horns.
And we’re finished!
Oh wait, I think there might be something important missing…
Ah yes! How can a Book Monster nibble without his nibbley mouth?
Draw a big bendy sausage. Add some triangle teeth and…
Watch out! Thanks Emma. You can now go to twitter to find Nibbles. I think he’s hiding in one of my bookshelves. Find me on twitter @minervamoan and you’ll see my competition to win a Nibbles book and toy. Nibbles is hiding in my twitter bookshelf (see tweet). Tweet me which title Nibbles is diving into, using the hashtag #FindNibbles. All correct answers go into a daily draw and one person will be chosen by Little Tiger Press to go forward into a prize draw at the end of the blog tour.