Picture of Lucy

Lucy Dungston

You see that awesome girl on the front cover in the dungarees? That’s Lucy Dungston, she’s the hero of this story - she just doesn’t know it yet! When all the grown-ups disappear Lucy’s the one who comes up with a plan to get them back. She’s smart, brave and maybe a little messy from time to time. She’s exactly who you need when the Creakers start making mischief. If you look closely, you’ll see she’s wearing goggles on her head – now, why could that be? 

A Picture of the Creakers

All illustrations © Shane Devries


Messiness: 68

Scariness: 52

Smelliness: 100

Icky-stickiness: 75

Guff is flubby, round and greedy - he is the chubbiest Creaker. He has matted, waxy hair that pokes out over his oversized ears and a belly like a small cannonball. Guff can’t resist rejected scraps of mouldy pizza and he can’t help the bottom burps that come with them! The most important thing to remember about Guff is that you will smell him before you see him.



Messiness: 31

Scariness: 89

Smelliness: 60

Icky-stickiness: 95

Grunt is the leader of the four gruesome Creakers. He has a dark layer of spikes on his back like uncut fingernails poking out in every direction and a rotten scowl that keeps the other greedy little monsters in check. You wouldn’t want to catch Grunt on a bad night!



Messiness: 84

Scariness: 74

Smelliness: 39

Icky-stickiness: 68

Scratch is the tallest Creaker of the bunch, although that’s not saying much. With long gangly arms covered in disgusting boils and spots, and a trailing mouldy coloured tail, Scratch is truly an interesting creature. His voice is like nails being scratched down a chalkboard - you’re bound to remember an encounter with Scratch.



Messiness: 20

Scariness: 34

Smelliness: 37

Icky-stickiness: 81


Despite being the smallest Creaker, Sniff definitely makes up for his size in icky-stickiness. His beady black eyes follow you around the room - although you’ll probably be distracted by his patches of flaking treacle-like skin and his horrid screeching voice.

  • The Creakers

  • A creepy, spooky and (just a little bit) yucky adventure from Tom Fletcher, bestselling author of The Danger Gang and The Christmasaurus!

    Lucy Dungston has woken up to find all the grown-ups in her town have disappeared.

    Lucy's friends are thrilled there are no more grown-ups. They're running wild! They're building roads of trampolines, and eating cereal for every meal.

    But Lucy wants her mum back, and nothing is going to stop her.

    Even if it means having to venture into the strange, upside-down world of the mysterious monsters under her bed!

    And the upside-down world isn't the most hygienic of places . . .

    Tom Fletcher's bestselling story is packed with amazing illustrations by the disgustingly talented Shane Devries.

    Praise for The Creakers:

    'A stonkingly good novel for the over-sevens . . . gleeful descriptions of malodorous underworld creatures, it's both a compelling adventure and a nuanced celebration of friendship and family love' The Guardian

    'The illustrations are stunning and the storyline is full of twists and great ideas' R Patterson, Toppsta Reviewer

    '10 out of 10 bum trumps!' Guff the Creaker

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