Creating Big City, Small Monster


The life of an author ay?! Lots of bits of paper with ideas scrawled on them and the finished product.

I really enjoyed writing Big City, Small Monster. I wanted to capture a tale of trying to follow the crowd and learning that you can be comfortable in your own skin.

Big City Small Monster 1

This is Squirt. Squirt wants to be like all the other monsters but soon comes to realise that actually he should just enjoy being himself.


I created this book over about a month and a half. I started with brainstorming- lots of brainstorming and then started refining my ideas. I stumbled up the rhyming theme of the book and felt that it fit really well.

I learnt to use photoshop to create my imagery. I started by sketching out my ideas, then drawing them neater and scanning them into the computer. From there i used photoshop to colour them like i would with pencil crayons but instead of pencils i used a mouse!

My favourite tool was the magic wand! It helps keep all the colours where they needed to be.

I created this book for Reading Zone’s Picture Book Competition 2016, this year is being judged by Mick Inkpen (author of Kipper)- i hope they like it!



Author: munchkinmegan

Megan is a prolific reader, having been reading since she was just 1 years old, Megan is never without a book in her hand or her heart. At just 5 years old Megan challenged herself to read 365 books in a year but finished in just 10 months! She has always been keen to grow her library at home and is a frequent visitor to our local library. Megan may have read 365 books in 10 months when she was a pipsqueak 5 year old but she was reading every day before that and every day since! We estimate that she is well over the 2000 book mark and nothing is slowing her down yet! She is a keen supporter of literacy and authors alike. Now she is older she hopes to give her reading challenge a boost by reading at least twice as many books in a year. Megan generally reads several times a day and as her parents we are read out a lot of passages from books!! :-) Megan is a keen reviewer and has decided to share her journey through books with other book minded people. She is also a member of a chatterbooks group where she is given a book (or 3) to read and review for the next gathering. She is confident in her approach to what she has read, what she likes and dislikes, and she has no problem expressing those feelings with other booklovers.

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