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By Eva Ibbotson

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

are you able to endure to observe a (very foolish) boy poke an indignant slumbering sea-monster?

Do you dare to find why if you happen to by no means, ever thieve milk from a Frid?*

pay attention: Naughty little ones constantly get their simply deserts . . .

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

*A dog-munching rock. does not everybody be aware of that?

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