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In a strange and wonderful place, not too far from here, lives a scare of monsters. A ‘scare’ is what some people call a group of monsters, but these monsters are really very friendly once you get to know them. They are a curious bunch – they look weird and peculiar, but they are quite like you and me, and they love learning new things and having fun.
Otto is an amorphous monster, which means he is a shapeless blob containing a big, intelligent brain.
Because he hasn't got arms and legs, he wears a specially designed robot suit so that he can get around and do things.
He controls his robot suit with the power of thought.
Otto is fascinated by how things work and he loves taking them to pieces and then putting them back together again.
Webber is a myriad monster – he has lots of eyes and lots of limbs, which means he is brilliant at multi-tasking.
Webber is very organised and likes measuring things and telling the time.
If you asked him, he would tell you that his favourite hat is 53cm tall, can hold 12 litres of tea, and that he bought it at twenty two minutes past three on a Wednesday afternoon five years ago.
Poggo’s family are all orso monsters. They are distant relatives of the yetis.
Poggo has twin sisters who drive him crazy – sometimes they are great fun, but at other times they can be really annoying.
He likes listening to music. His favourite band is Monster Madness. Dad is always telling him to turn the volume down!
He also loves skateboarding and can do a few tricks. His best trick is a monster kickflip.
Litmus loves finding out fascinating facts about the world around him and carrying out scientific experiments.
The Professor has spent a lot of time teaching him about health and safety after he nearly blew-up the science lab with one of his wacky experiments!
Litmus likes going skateboarding with Poggo. He can’t do any tricks but one day he plans to invent a turbo-charged skateboard so that he can beat his friend.
Tizz has a twin sister called Fizz. Although they are identical twins their personalities are very different.
She likes to tease Fizz, calling her ‘Little Sister’, because she was born first by 18 minutes.
Tizz loves her camera and she takes photographs of everything. She has lots of scrap books where she sticks her photographs, along with mementos like postcards, cinema tickets, party invitations and other items she has collected.
Fizz loves playing sports. She is really good at basketball, but she also likes playing football and going swimming.
When she is older she hopes to compete in the Monsterlympics.
When she’s not playing sports, Fizz likes to read books. Her favourite books are stories where magical things happen. Sometimes she daydreams about what it would be like to have magical powers.
Kora is an irvin monster. She can breathe on land and under water. She has webbed feet and is an excellent swimmer, but not as fast as Fizz.
She enjoys writing stories and drawing and has even made some picture books just for Nano.
Kora is very quiet and shy when you first meet her, but once you get to know her she is great fun and will always give new things a go.
She has been rock-climbing and abseiling and one day she would like to try sky-diving.
Nano is a baby orso monster or ‘cub’. He is the brother of Poggo, Tizz and Fizz.
He loves his older brother and sisters, especially when they play with him.
Like all young cubs he can crawl very fast and will put anything in his mouth, so you have to keep a close eye on him.
He once ate some of Leckie’s food when Tizz and Fizz weren’t looking.
Ziggy is Otto’s nephew. He is another amorphous monster.
Because he is young, he is only just learning how to control his robot suit using the power of thought. Sometimes, when he gets very excited or angry, he loses control of it and spins round and round in circles until he calms down.
Ziggy likes rockets and space and often goes to the Monsterville Space Museum with his Uncle Otto.
He has just started school at Monsterville Primary School.
Dot is Litmus’s little sister.
She is in the first year at Monsterville Primary School, where her best friend is Noo.
She also likes being outdoors and enjoys counting insects. Most girls like pretty insects like butterflies, but she likes the weird and unusual ones – they are much more interesting.
She has a large marble collection and no two marbles are the same. She likes playing with her marbles but she worries that she will lose them – so she always counts them at the beginning and end to make sure she has them all.
Rif is Kora’s little brother
He has just started going to Monsterville Primary School and his teacher is Mrs Addy.
He was very nervous about starting school but has made lots of new friends and is having fun learning new things.
Kora can tell he likes school because when he gets home he tells her all about it and doesn’t leave out one single detail!
Noo is Webber’s niece. Her best friend is Dot.
She likes to go to Monsterville Zoo with Uncle Webber. Afterwards, she draws pictures of all the monstrous animals they have seen.
Noo thinks she would like to work at the zoo when she grows up. She would enjoy feeding the animals, but having to clean up all their droppings wouldn’t be much fun!
Noo also likes riding her scooter. Sometimes she tries to keep up with Poggo on his skateboard. He is too fast for her at the moment, but one day she will be able to go just as fast as him.