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The Monster Twins

Robert Hanvik, Karen Hanvik and Ella Ransom

Bella and Bertie are twins, but they don't know that, or each other. Separated while babies by a bad law, they grew up 6000 miles apart, in Singapore and London. Follow the twins as they discover their shared past and do their best to make a better future for themselves, their families and others like them.

Here are some recent reviews of The Monster Twins.

‘If you'd like to inspire your children to be global thinkers and have a desire to travel, while also encouraging activism and conversations around global issues and concepts, The Monster Twins fits the bill!'
- The Children's Book Review

The Monster Twins is a sweet picture book about families, written by a family, with a timely message. With a beautiful and important message, charming characters, and fun illustrations, The Monster Twins is a delight!'
- Word Spelunking

‘Readers will be surprised by the humour, the inclusion of famous landmarks from London and Singapore, and the idea that even monsters want a best friend.'
- The Fairview Review

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Story: The Monster Twins represents Robert's first foray into children's literature. Having been trained in journalism, Robert has written about numerous topics for multiple media outlets in the United States and England. As a long-time communications consultant, Robert also has written professionally on behalf of clients and governments around the world on topics ranging from healthcare to travel to socioeconomic issues. In his various roles, he has travelled extensively in North America, the UK and Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Design & Illustrations: The Monster Twins is the first book Karen has designed and illustrated, although she has stretched her creative muscles for many years. Having trained at London College of Fashion and Central St Martins, Karen has channelled her creativity into numerous areas over the years, including her own line of high-fashion scarves ( and a successful career as a digital marketing consultant. An avid traveller, Karen has visited numerous locations across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Singapore and Australia.

Illustrations: Karen's and Robert's daughter Ella has enjoyed drawing monsters for as long as she can remember, starting when she was just six years old. More recently, she has added a deep interest in architectural drawings large and small, which inspired her to include a number of