Murwillumbah teacher and author Donna Lawther is delighted to see Harry the Hug Monster in print.
Murwillumbah teacher and author Donna Lawther is delighted to see Harry the Hug Monster in print. Contributed

Teacher is happy with her Harry

HARRY the Hug Monster is about to stamp across the world – but first he is set to make an impact on Murwillumbah Library today.

Harry is the creation of primary school teacher Donna Lawther, of Murwillumbah, and the star of her first published children’s book.

Ms Lawther said she had been taking Harry and his adventures to schools around the Tweed for nine years, and was ecstatic that publishers Blake Education had now adopted him, making him “available for kids all over the world.”

Ms Lawther is due to officially launch the book at the Murwillumbah library today at 1pm.

Harry the Hug Monster is one of a set of school readers called Gigglers Blue 2.

Easy enough for a seven-year-old to read, Ms Lawther said she hoped the story would be enjoyed by young and old. It is set in Monsterville, where hugs are essential for life, and Harry learns that the best way to get hugs is to give them away.

“It was so exciting when my copies came in the mail,” said Ms Lawther.

“I can’t wait to read it to a class out of a book instead of just a manuscript.”

She hoped Harry’s “big, hairy, monster foot” will be the foot in the door that she has been waiting for to see more books published.



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