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Sophie and the Sea Monster

by (author) Don Gillmor

illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2005
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: 1 to 3


Ack! What's a kid to do when the monster under her bed is more afraid than she is? Sophie worried about wearing the right clothes to school. She worried about big dogs, bats, thunderstorms, snapping turtles, and losing her homework. She wondered what held the moon up and she worried that it would fall on her house. She worried about everything all the time. But most of all, Sophie worried that there was a sea monster under her bed. And there is a sea monster under her bed! He's small and blue, and a terrible singer - and it turns out that he's afraid to come out! Sophie decides to coax him out into the world, and sharing adventures together, they both forget to be afraid. Michael Martchenko's bright, colourful and energetic artwork is the perfect complement to award-winning Don Gillmor's tale.This wonderfully crafted and whimsical story touches on real childhood issues, and features a fabulous new character sure to become a favourite friend for young readers.

About the authors

Don Gillmor is the author of the Libris Award-winning Canada: A People's History as well as six books for children. He was a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and has won many awards for journalism. He is currently senior editor of Walrus magazine.

Don Gillmor's profile page


MICHAEL MARTCHENKO est né à Carcassonne, en France. Il s'installe au Canada avec sa famille alors qu'il a 7 ans. En 1966, il décroche son diplôme du Collège des arts de l'Ontario et devient bientôt directeur d'une agence publicitaire. C'est lors d'une exposition d'art graphique que Robert Munsch découvre le travail de Michael Martchenko. Michael a reçu le prix Libris 2006, Illustrateur de l'année.


MICHAEL MARTCHENKO has illustrated dozens of books, and is most famous for his work with Robert Munsch, including Smelly Socks (Tes chaussettes sentent la mouffette!), Makeup Mess (Maquillage à gogo) and We Share Everything! (On partage tout!). He lives in Burlington, Ontario.


Michael Martchenko's profile page


  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice - Starred Selection
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, OLA Best Bet

Librarian Reviews

Sophie and the Sea Monster

Sophie finds a monster under the bed – who’s more afraid than she is! She coaxes him out, and sharing adventures together, they both forget their fears. Martchenko’s art is a perfect match.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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