Tag: Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs






Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs is an illustrated adventure story for all ages. CatchphraseDan collaborated with the tremendous Norwegian painter Berg Norcross for this story, who has packed the book full to the brim with over 50 illustrations, and they look fancier than a chicken in a raincoat. An honest review will help to spread the word about the book, and get more people reading instead of shoplifting tubs of delicious strawberry ice-cream!


This bedtime, daytime, nap time story starts off as a common folktale about a fisherman and his wife. Or is it about the wife and her fisherman husband. Let me see now, the book is entitled Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs. Oh yeah, it’s about the wife. Anybody can see that. So what exactly happens in this story. I’m not sure, I’ve never dealt with evil stairs. But, your children, will be able to tell you everything that’s going on, and they might even read it to you. Especially if they can read it themselves. There so many twist and turns in this story that will keep them entertained for hours and hours. But, BE WARNED! If you’re reading it to them, just as they are falling to sleep, one of those twists will pop up bringing them back to full awakeness, dang! (awakeness, um I think I just made up a word). A little advice read the section you plan to cover before you read to your child. That way, you’ll know when to stop.

The UNIQUE thing about Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs is… Let me see, where do I start? Hmm, the title? The villain is a staircase? The explanations? The twists? My, my there are so many. You decide.


Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs is recommended for First Time Readers (Infant to 8).

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Well, I was born naked and screaming, and I like to spend at least half an hour a day doing that for old times sake – usually at lunch time. The name CatchphraseDan was given to me in high school, when I discovered that my true calling in life was answering Roy Walker’s riddles correctly, and notching up Catchphrase points like there was no tomorrow. I’m pants at it now, but in my prime I would eat my greens and people would offer me looks of astonishment, envy and sometimes pity.

Once I realised that I wasn’t destined to appear on TV and win £80, I turned my attention to talking flannel and drawing pictures. This was probably for the best – you can’t buy a horse and a hat for the horse with £80. You could probably buy some trousers for the horse, but I haven’t Googled that yet so I don’t know.

I try and cram as much stuff into the day as possible. See, a day is like a medium sized round of hot buttered toast – you can keep on buttering, and it’ll all get absorbed until you get chest pains. I wake up and shower for a while, thinking long and hard about leaving the shower. Then I pack myself a bowl of gruel and think about all of the things that I’m gonna draw, paint, make, break, eat and betray.

I like drawing things and putting ‘em on the internet. It makes me feel warm inside and once it made my feet turn into beets and then into sheets. Follow me on social media – I once said something relevant. Stay cool, eat well, and ring your Mom from time to time.

You can find CatchphraseDan on social media using the following links:

Ello – @CatchphraseDan   Twitter – @CatchphraseDan   Facebook – CatchphraseDanArt Instagram – @CatchphraseDan    Tumblr – CatchphraseDan

Berg Norcross – Illustrator

The mysterious Berg Norcross rose from the ocean on a cold Monday morning and by lunchtime he’d just about finished his first painting. Berg speaks Norwegian, English and Lobster. You’ll find him in his windmill, unless he’s not in his windmill in which case he could be anywhere…

You can find Berg Norcross on social media using the following links:

Ello – @BergNorcross
Twitter – @BergNorcross    Instagram – @Berg_Norcross”

(Note:  Due to the recent loss of data, These links are no longer active)