Hey, That's MY Monster!
Written by Amanda Noll, Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Hardcover, 32 full color pages, ages 4-8
Fall 2016
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When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds this note instead:

“So long, kid. Gotta go. Someone needs me more than you do. –Gabe”

Ethan knows that the ‘someone’ must be his little sister Emma, who keeps
climbing out of bed to play.

She obviously needs a monster to help her get to sleep, but not HIS monster!

Will Ethan lose Gabe forever?

Hey, That's MY Monster!, companion to the best-selling I Need My Monster, is an
irresistible monster-under-the-bed story for all monster-loving kids. The perfect
balance of giggles and shivers will keep you under your covers, and you'll soon be
sleeping soundly.
Peek inside by clicking the cover
Praise for Hey, That's MY Monster!

From Kirkus
Another round of under-the-bed-boojum auditions from the creators of I Need My Monster (2009).Outraged that his
personal bed monster, Gabe, has decamped to attend to his wakeful little sister, a lad marches across the hall to
remonstrate. Given three chances to conjure up a suitable new monster for hyperactive Emma, three drippy, wormy,
tentacled horrors are summoned in turn. Unfortunately, Emma turns out to be delighted rather than properly terrified, and
none will do. Will the boy be forced to go monsterless? Drawn with big, shiny eyes and oversized heads, the two light-
skinned sibs glow with energy—but
the garishly hued monsters in McWilliam's toy-strewn bedroom scenes are
show stealers, whether exuding pools of pink slime or rearing up in glowering, warty menace in vain efforts to
get Emma into bed.
At last, in a satisfying if not particularly logical twist, it turns out that Gabe himself has a little sister,
Stella, whose threatened attack on the giggling Emma's toes results in a quick bonding and, a page turn later, snoozing
children on both sides of the hall. What could be more soporific at bedtime than hairy, green-haired slime ogres with
nightlight-orange eyes?

From Midwest Book Review
“… charmingly crafted and original story wonderfully supported by … truly impressive artwork…. Unreservedly
for children ages 5 to 7, Hey, That's MY Monster! will prove to be an enduringly popular addition for
family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”

From Publishers Weekly
Ethan, previously seen in 2009’s I Need My Monster, relies on Gabe, the monster under his bed, to keep him in bed where
he belongs. After Gabe plans to migrate across the hall to scare Ethan’s younger sister, Emma, into staying in bed, Ethan
helps Emma summon alternative monsters so that he can keep Gabe.
Emma is cut from the same cloth as Boo from
Monsters Inc.—she’s tickled, not terrified, by the visiting monsters—and McWilliam’s cinematic artwork
embraces the comedy of the situation as Emma puts bracelets on the snakelike tail of one monster and jumps
rope with the tentacles of another. It’s an entertaining reminder that a little fear can be fun.

The Jean Little Library
    "I Need My Monster was a surprise hit for me and many others, and several years later the author revisits
the delightful story.
    When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, as usual, he's shocked to find a note and a missing monster. How
could anybody else need his monster more than him? Well, it turns out his annoying little sister Emma just can't stay in her
bed - and she needs a monster to keep her there. But is Ethan's monster the right choice?
    As different monsters try to scare naughty Emma into bed, kids will giggle along with the joke and gasp at each scary
monster as they turn out to be not-so-scary after all. Will Emma ever find HER monster?
McWilliam's digital art is just as glowing, fun and cinematic as in the original book. The silly monsters are both
fuzzy and terrifying, with lots of horns, scales, claws and drool as well as grouchy and annoyed expressions when Emma
doesn't find them scary!
Verdict: A delightful sequel, perfect for kids who are worried about the monster under the bed or who have
siblings. Or just for fun! Recommended."
--Jennifer Wharton, Librarian

From GeoLibrarian
"It's difficult for a book to be a combination of creepy and funny, but somehow this book and its prequel (I Need My
) manage to do it.  The illustrations are gorgeous and delightful with each monster truly unique (I really wouldn't
want eight drippy noses myself, but Emma enjoys wiping them).
 Every class I read this book too, loved it.  I even had
one class beg to have me read it the next week, and they applauded after I did.  That's the first time I've ever
had a class do that.  This one is truly a winner for that young reader/listener who enjoys a touch of creepiness
with the funny."

Foreword Reviews
"Most kids would panic at the thought of a monster lurking underneath their bed, but not Ethan. He’s desperate to get his
back. Hey, That’s My Monster!, from Amanda Noll, is a quirky bedtime story with plenty of good humor, thrills, and sibling
exasperation. Bold and colorful, the illustrations by Howard McWilliam are reminiscent of Monsters, Inc., with their large,
expressive eyes, gleeful movement, and hideously charming monsters. Spot-on interactions and conversations between
Ethan and his sister Emma, an active, sleep-resistant toddler,
will resonate with families everywhere. So whether little
sister is a sweetheart, a monster, or maybe a bit of both,
bedtime has never been so entertaining."

From Bookfoolery
"The follow-up to I Need My Monster by the same author and artist. Ethan's monster, Gabe, has disappeared from his
place under the bed and Ethan desperately needs his monster to help him sleep at night. But Ethan's little sister refuses to go
to bed, so the monster has gone where he's needed. Clearly, little sis needs a monster of her own to keep her in bed and
Ethan must have his monster back. Can Ethan find another monster and convince Gabe to return?
Seriously cute (and
kind of disgusting). Another absolute delight.

Learning From Picture Books blog
My Thoughts as a Writer: I enjoyed the fun concept of turning around the typical monster-under-the-bed story by including
a problem that the narrator’s sister isn’t afraid of monsters. I liked the inventive monsters with their different ways of
attempting to get Emma to sleep. The rich illustrations in this book are full of fun details. They really come to life on the page!

My Thoughts as a Teacher: After enjoying the fun of a read aloud with this story, it would be useful for discussing a problem
and solution story framework. The vivid illustrations also make it a good choice for doing a picture walk through, and talking
about the pictures before reading the text.

From Omazing Kids
"This book has all the same great qualities as “I Need My Monster” with the added opportunities for pronouns (he, she, his,
her). It is also fun to compare the monsters found in both books."

From The Edwards Book Club
Ethan likes to sleep at night; but his sister, Emma, likes to explore. One night Ethan discovers his monster has left him for
someone who needs him more. That someone is Emma. Funny antics follow as Ethan desperately tries to find another
monster for Emma so that he can get his own monster back. But Emma is not so easily scared … until she meets Stella.
This story is a unique twist on the whole idea of monsters under the bed. It is an exaggerated tale of monsters
trying to help children fall asleep. The author uses humor instead of fear to fuel children’s imagination at
bedtime. The big and bold illustrations are perfect and make the characters literally pop off the page. The
brother and sister duo are cute as buttons and the monsters are not so monster-like at all.
If you have monster-loving children between the ages of 4 and 7, they will be sure to love this clever little story.
Even children who are a little fearful will learn that maybe monsters are really not that scary at all.
Hey, That’s my Monster! is sure to bring “giggles and shivers” to young ones and help make bed time a fun time.

From Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews
* Literary Classics Seal of Approval
When a young boy looks under his bed for his monster, named Gabe, he instead finds a note stating another kid needs him
more and he's "gotta go." The boy is not at all happy with this new development and is quite certain no-one could need
Gabe more than he does. So he sets off in search of his monster. It doesn't take him long to realize that Gabe has moved
next door and is hiding under his baby sister's bed. He must act quickly if he is to get Gabe back to his own bedroom where
he belongs.
Hey, That's My Monster, by Amanda Noll, is a wonderfully creative and entirely fun book that children and
adults will love to read. Illustrations by Howard McWilliam are an absolute treasure and further enhance this
whimsical children's picture book. Recommended for home and school libraries,
Hey, That's My Monster, has
earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

From Moms Radius blog
I love any book that takes the fear of the dark or fear of monsters and makes it into something fun instead. This book, which
I didn't realize was a sequel, does just that. It gives a reason for monsters being under the bed, and makes it something
necessary instead of something scary. And the illustrations and the sibling element make it even more enjoyable. I have
already reserved the first book, I Need My Monster, from the library.

From There's a Book for That blog
"A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend Book Expo America in Chicago. There were many publishers and authors
there discussing new books that would be released soon. As I walked among the shiny, slick covers of new and soon-to-be-
released titles, I saw the familiar black cover and fonts of
I Need My Monster.  I felt it was necessary to stop and inform the
nice publishing lady how much my child loved the book.

But, as I approached the booth, my eyes examined the cover a bit closer. WAIT A MINUTE! There are TWO kids on the
cover of this book!

I immediately snatched up the galley and began examining the cover mere millimeters from my eyes. Yes, there were in fact
two children on the cover…
I Need My Monster only had one. Who was this new kid? Where was Gabe? What was
going on? Oh My Gosh…is this a new book?!?!?!
Fortunately, the nice publishing lady came over and answered my
questions as I babbled them incoherently at her (even including the story about my kid dressing up as Gabe).

The girl was so excited to see the new monster book, entitled
Hey, That’s MY Monster, due to be published on September
1, 2016.
The story and illustrations are wonderful and just as entertaining as the first book. I am required to read
BOTH books at bedtime now, but they are both so good, that it is easy enough to read them over and over (and

Mom's Radius blog
This book is just plain fun. Ethan finds a note under his bed instead of his monster. He's gone to help someone else who
needs a monster to stay in bed - his little sister, Emma. Ethan knows that Emma gets up at night and plays, but he doesn't
want to give up his monster, Gabe, even though he's afraid of him. He needs the fear of his monster to sleep at night. Ethan
is determined to find another monster for Emma, so Gabe agrees to give him 3 tries. Unfortunately it seems that no monster
will be able to scare Emma into sleeping.

I love any book that takes the fear of the dark or fear of monsters and makes it into something fun instead. This book, which
I didn't realize was a sequel, does just that. It gives a reason for monsters being under the bed, and makes it something
necessary instead of something scary. And the illustrations and the sibling element make it even more enjoyable. I have
already reserved the first book, I Need My Monster, from the library.

From Books for Kids blog
It's all in good, sorta-scary fun well-stirred into a bedtime story just right for a pre-Halloween bedtime or story circle story.
Artist Howard McWilliam has a blast with his luminously glowing main characters and his uber-creative, sometimes
sarcastic, monster characters, done up in a palette that is perfect for the night-time setting, a sleepytime story that is never a
snooze, but appropriately ends with not one, but two sleeping kids.