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BOOT: The Creaky Creatures


by Shane Hegarty

This is a thrill-ride of an adventure, with illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot’s world to life. Fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken will love this hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure: full of fun, friendship … and Boot’s quest to find out why humans are so leaky and weird.

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BOOT: The Creaky Creatures

Boot was once a toy robot, but it has come a long way since it was scrapped and woke back up with only two-and-a-half glitchy memories. When Boot catches sight of a robot pet it used to know – Mr Piggles – our hero and pals follow it to a beautiful green square in the city of skyscrapers.

Here they find not just real nature, but also a haven for broken and rejected pets. They also meet the children who look after the pets, and for whom this green space is a sanctuary too. But Boot is distracted by its emotions, swinging from happy to sad … maybe Boot is broken? Can it work out what is wrong, with the help of its friends?

Illustrated throughout in glorious black and white by the award-winning Ben Mantle, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope.

About the Author

Shane Hegarty is the author of the bestselling series ‘Boot’ (Hachette Children’s) about a robot that wakes up in a rubbish grinder with only two-and-a-half memories. Boot3: The Creaky Creatures was published in September 2020. Boot was nominated for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Prize and the An Post Irish Book of the Year, as well as being the UNESCO CIty of Literature Dublin CityWide Read 2020.

Previously, Shane wrote ‘Darkmouth’ (HarperCollins), a four book series about a boy who has to fight legends of myth, but really doesn’t want to do it. ‘Darkmouth’ was nominated for the Waterstones Prize and is being adapted for film by Alcon Entertainment (Blade Runner 2049, The Expanse).

His books have been translated into over 20 languages. His popular live events have included Edinburgh Book Festival, Hay On Wye Literary Festival, and the Marburger Lesefest in Germany.

Shane lives on the east coast of Ireland with his wife, four children, but no pets due to an unfortunate incident with the family goldfish.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 12.7 × 1.2 × 19.8 cm

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