Meet the Monsters

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

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.


Favourite things:
  • Fixing things
  • Racing Poggo on his skateboard
  • Gadgets
Pet hate:
  • Water (it makes his robot suit rust)
Monstrous fact:
  • Otto once reached a speed of 34.6 miles per hour racing Poggo!

Webber

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.


Favourite things:
  • His pocket watch
  • Hats
  • Recording measurements
Pet hate:
  • Being compared to a spider (he’s a myriad monster not a spider!)
Monstrous fact:
  • Webber can read a book, write a letter and play chess all at the same time!

Poggo

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.


Favourite things:
  • His skateboard
  • Music
  • Having adventures with his best friend Litmus
Pet hate:
  • Mashed monsterberries – yuck!
Monstrous fact:
  • Poggo won a prize at school for learning his times tables. He learned them by turning them into a song!

Litmus

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.


Favourite things:
  • His chemistry set
  • Skateboarding with Poggo
  • Encyclopaedias
Pet hate:
  • When other monsters stand on his tail!
Monstrous fact:
  • Litmus once turned one of the caves bright blue by growing copper sulfate crystals on the walls!

Tizz

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.


Favourite things:
  • Her camera
  • Making scrap books
  • Having sleepovers with Fizz and Kora
Pet hate:
  • Squints – those boggle-eyed mini-monsters give her the creeps!
Monstrous fact:
  • Tizz has a digital camera but she prefers using her old film camera and printing the pictures herself!

Fizz

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.

Favourite things:
  • Sports
  • Reading
  • Making up dance routines with Kora
Pet hate:
  • When Poggo says he is better at football than her, because he’s definitely not!
Monstrous fact:
  • Fizz won a medal for swimming 100 metres monster crawl in the fastest time!

Kora

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.


Favourite things:
  • Writing stories
  • Adventure sports
  • Swimming in the lake with Fizz
Pet hate:
  • Monsters who say ‘I can’t’ without trying first!
Monstrous fact:
  • If she concentrates hard Kora can change colour to blend in with her background, so she always wins at hide and seek!

Nano

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.


Favourite things:
  • Anything red
  • Going to the park
  • Leckie and Zak (the monster’s pets)
Pet hate:
  • Having to go to bed when his brother and sisters are allowed to stay up and play!
Monstrous fact:
  • Instead of being called ‘toddlers’, young monster cubs are often called ‘creepers’!

Mum

Favourite things:
  • Hiking and hill walking
  • Her compass
  • Listening to her favourite monster soap opera, ‘The Lurkers’, on the radio
Pet hate:
  • When the young monsters don’t tidy their rooms!
Monstrous fact:
  • Mum loves exploring and always has a compass with her so she never gets lost!

Dad

Favourite things:
  • Family holidays to the seaside
  • His motorcycle
  • Gran’s homemade monsterberry pie
Pet hate:
  • The dark (he carries a torch and spare batteries everywhere!)
Monstrous fact:
  • Dad is a miner and spends a lot of time in the caves mining for precious minerals!

Gran

Favourite things:
  • Studying mini-monsters
  • Meeting her friends from the Monsters Institute for lunch
  • Singing
Pet hate:
  • Lazy monsters!
Monstrous fact:
  • Gran is a Monsterologist – she is always on the lookout for new species of mini-monsters!

Grandpa

Favourite things:
  • Tinkering with mechanical things
  • Telling stories to the young monsters
  • Monster brew
Pet hate:
  • When other monsters talk slowly and loudly to him just because he’s old!
Monstrous fact:
  • Grandpa is the oldest monster – he is 136 years old!

The Professor

Favourite things:
  • Helping the young monster learn new things
  • Studying the curious behaviour of human beings
  • Curling
Pet hate:
  • He can never find clothes to fit!
Monstrous fact:
  • The Professor was awarded the Monster Prize for Medicine for his research into cures for monster pox!

Leckie

Favourite things:
  • Sleeping on Tizz’s bed
  • Chasing mini-monsters
  • Hiding and then jumping out at passing monsters
Pet hate:
  • When Nano pulls her tail
Monstrous fact:
  • Although Leckie only has one eye she has excellent eyesight and can even see in the dark!

Zak

Favourite things:
  • Going for walks
  • Playing frisbee
  • Having his tummy tickled
Pet hate:
  • Having a bath
Monstrous fact:
  • Zak can fly which means he is brilliant at playing frisbee – he never misses it!

Ziggy

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.


Favourite things:
  • Painting pictures
  • Watching films about stars at the 3D cinema in the space museum – it’s like being in space!
  • His toy space ship
Pet hate:
  • When other monsters ask him what he is painting – can’t they tell? It’s obvious!
Monstrous fact:
  • Ziggy wants to be an astronaut or an artist when he grows up.

Dot

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.


Favourite things:
  • The glass marble with a bright green centre that looks like a cat’s eye
  • Hunting for bugs with her magnifying glass
  • The summer, because you can play outdoors!
Pet hate:
  • When Litmus ‘borrows’ her things and then ruins them in one of his crazy experiments!
Monstrous fact:
  • Dot once counted 36 flying ants in all by herself. Litmus told her it must have been ‘flying ant’ day, when all the young queen ants leave their nests to start new colonies.

Rif

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!


Favourite things:
  • Anything blue
  • His super fast frisbee
  • His brand new school uniform
Pet hate:
  • When Zak runs off with his frisbee in the middle of a game.
Monstrous fact:
  • Rif once won a book voucher in a colouring competition in his favourite monster magazine even though he coloured everything in blue!

Noo

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.


Favourite things:
  • Riding on her scooter
  • The purple and white striped tigerillas at Monsterville Zoo
  • Tuna sandwiches
Pet hate:
  • The bits in films where something unexpected happens and it makes you jump!
Monstrous fact:
  • Because she has so many arms, Noo is excellent at juggling. She once managed to juggle seven pieces of fruit all at once, but then she dropped the banana.

Mrs Addy

Favourite things:
  • Working as a teacher at Monstervillle Primary School
  • Story time – when she can read exciting stories to the young monsters
  • Her pearl jewellery
Pet hate:
  • Looking scruffy – monsters with smart minds should wear smart clothes!
Monstrous fact:
  • Mrs Addy owns seven pairs of red shoes – one for each day of the week.

Mr Pepper

Favourite things:
  • His job as Head Teacher of Monstervillle Primary School
  • Playing a round of monster golf at the weekend with his friends
  • Reading all the wonderful stories that the young monsters write
Pet hate:
  • People thinking that he is scary – he is a really friendly monster!
Monstrous fact:
  • Mr Pepper has three eyes, which are perfect for making sure that all the young monsters are behaving at school!

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