Let Sleeping Sea-Monsters Lie: and Other Cautionary Tales

By Eva Ibbotson

Are you courageous adequate to determine what occurs while a spoilt lady is spiteful to an enormous hungry worm?

are you able to undergo to observe a (very foolish) boy poke an offended dozing sea-monster?

Do you dare to find why in the event you by no means, ever scouse borrow milk from a Frid?*

pay attention: Naughty young ones regularly get their simply deserts . . .

Eva Ibbotson's Let snoozing Sea-Monsters Lie comprises 5 delightfully humorous cautionary stories, with a foreword by way of Julia Donaldson, writer of The Gruffalo.

*A dog-munching rock. does not each person recognize that?

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