The Birth of a Monster By Emma Yarlett

The lovely people at Little Tiger Press kindly asked me if I would like to be involved in Emma’s blog tour of Nibbles. Of course I was over the moon to be asked. I’ve been following Emma’s budding career as a picture book creator for some time and her lastest book is one I absolutely love.

Recently, Emma was a guest on our twitter chat PBNatter and she designed this wonderful logo for us.


A while ago Emma illustrated a magpie for the blog. Isn’t it great!

Emma Yarlett


Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blog post by Emma as much as I have.  

The Birth of a Monster

In the beginning… There wasn’t much.

The birth of ‘Nibbles: The Book Monster’ was by no means a moment of divine inspiration. In fact, the process began very differently from and other book I’ve worked on.

Little Tiger Press and I have a great longstanding relationship. Whilst I was a second year Illustration student at Falmouth University I managed to wangle a two-week work experience placement with Little Tiger. I had a wonderful time and learnt a great deal, we stayed in touch and so; our working relationship began!

When I graduated I was offered the chance by Little Tiger Press to illustrate a book written by Steve Smallman, an opportunity that I gratefully accepted and enjoyed.

Time flew by and soon it was September 2013 and both Little Tiger and I felt it was ripe time that we worked on another project together. I tentatively put forward that I would love to work on a ‘Novelty Picture Book’… It was something I had always wanted to do ever since one of my university projects somehow evolved into a novelty picture book about the inner workings of a car engine and included a paper-engineered moving engine… Except I had no ideas for a novelty picture book apart from that I perhaps wanted to steer clear of car engines. But thankfully the wonderful folk at Little Tiger Press didn’t seem to mind, and together we began work on ‘The Novelty Picture Book.’


There were several tangents we went on before the monster was born (too many for me to bother boring you with!) but eventually my very patient editor (Ellie) and I had a conversation about the idea of a monster… A monster that ate books… A monster who ate his way into books… And then…

A monster was born.


By Emma Yarlet

Emma Yarlett

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