Big Boss

International Publication Dates:

  • Australia & NZ: 2nd March 2022
  • UK, USA & Canada: 1st Feb 2023

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At bedtime, a small boy checks his bedroom for monsters like Heeby Jeeby, Creepy Critter and the Toe Taster. He looks under his bed, in his cupboard, behind the curtains. Satisfied they are not there he jumps into bed with his teddy bear. Before saying goodnight to his babysitter, she reads him a story about a boy just like him who tames monsters.  “I want to be a Big Boss, just like Max in the story,” the boy whispers. During sleep the monsters appear. They jiggle and jive with the boy, just like Max in the story his babysitter read. They wiggle their big bottoms and jiggle their jelly bellies, and beat their hairy chests.  They howl and yodel and make lots of noise. But who is the big boss? The boy? Or the monsters? And next morning, before school, who is the boss? 

ISBN: 978-0-6489640-6-3 (Hardcover)


  • Please take a look at Dannielle Viera’s lovely review for BuzzWords Magazine Here.

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About the Author: Dianne Bates

Author of 130+ books, mostly for young people, Dianne (Di) Bates is a full-time freelance writer. Di has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and manuscript assessor. She founded an online magazine Buzz Words for those in the children’s book industry in 2006 and still compiles it twice a month. Di is a recipient of The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s Literature.

Please pay a visit to Di’s social media contact points by clicking the following links: : LinkedinPersonal FacebookFacebook Author Page,  Twitter and Buzz Words.

About the Illustrator: Patricia Ward

Being an only child, Patricia spent much of her time living in her imagination, bringing it to life through drawing and illustration. She loves exploring colour and playing with positive and negative spaces. Her work is vibrant and whimsical, with an underlying sense of a narrative. Patricia believes every illustration should tell a story, whether it is accompanied by text or not.

This will be Trish’s second children’s picture book with Little Pink Dog Books – the first being The Glint of Gold. Trish’s next book with Little Pink Dog Books will be Monet Chases the Light, written by Jenny Gahan and to be published in late 2023.

Please pay a visit to Trish’s website here.