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Paul Bird Author Interview

The Mistaken Monster is a fun adventure story following three kids who think they see a monster but discover something heartwarming instead. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

A family holiday, a conversation with my 10 year old daughter Sarah, an explosion of ideas, and the book was born.

What scene did you have the most fun writing in this book?

The scene where they all realise that stye have mistaken the old man for a monster. The interaction between him and the group reminds me of so many conversations with over people about how much they value company.

Was there anything from your own childhood that you placed into this story?

The snake going across the year din the opening is right out of my childhood. That was a really common occurrence where I grew up.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from the story?

Don’t judge, kindness is our best defense.

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Sometimes things are not as they seem. Three friends break the rules and end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. And they are sure they’ve seen a monster in the forbidden place, there’s no doubt in their minds. But things are not always as they seem. Or are they? Courage and strength will be needed to escape in this epic adventure!

The Mistaken Monster

The Mistaken Monster (One mad Rooster short stories) by [Paul Bird and Sarah Bird, Sarah Bird, Cassandra Allen]

The Mistaken Monster follows a trio of children on a holiday in the country. As children often do they get bored and wander off and onto a property that is off limits. While on the property they discover a scary monster using torture devices. The children run off, but things are not what they seem and the truth is surprising yet charming and leaves readers with a warm feeling at the end of the story.

This is a delightful mystery short story that young readers will surely enjoy. The story is told in simple words and relatable language that enables young readers to follow along, but also inspires the imagination. When the kids first encounter the ‘monster’ I loved how the story shows how kids perceive the world as opposed to what reality is. This story does a wonderful job of capturing what it is like to be a kid and how the world is different and more adventurous when you are younger.

The Mistaken Monster is a fun short story that takes readers on an entertaining and imaginative adventure with a sweet ending.

Pages: 57 | ASIN: B081V427W4

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