D is for Drool

Written by Amanda Noll and Shari Dash Greenspan
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam

When Ethan can’t sleep, he doesn’t count sheep – he says his ABCs. But in monster-loving Ethan’s alphabet, A is for Arms, B is for Belly, C is for Claws, and D is for Drool! Kids will love pointing out the alphabetical attributes on the silly monsters that parade across Ethan’s room – like earlobes, noses, spikes, and wings – and discovering where all of those monsters are headed.
By the time Ethan gets to Y, he’s Yawning. And by Z, kids will be ready to sleep as Ethan does, surrounded by the tails, tentacles, and drool sticking out from under his bed. ZZzzzzz.
D is for Drool is a monstrously magnificent ABC book that offers a new way to fall asleep. With the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, it is a captivating companion to the award-winning I Need My Monster series.

 

Awards

  • Top Shelf Fall 2021 – IPG Lead Title

Reviews

From Kirkus

Why count sheep when an alphabetical array of monsters is queued up to crawl under the bed?
Lying wakeful in his moonlit bedroom, the pale-skinned lad from the I Need My Monster series begins with “A…is for Arms.” This cues the entry of a multilimbed, popeyed, purple-striped yellow creature at the head of a parade of blobby, slobbery boojums as wildly diverse of shape as they are saturated of hue. It’s almost a pity this book is codex bound instead of concertina folded, as careful design finds elements from the right edge of one double-page spread continuing on to the left edge of the next. The green-furred, horned monster on an early spread is revealed to have a long, spiked tail after the turn of the page, for instance, and the substance dripping from the many noses of a blue, finned creature makes quite the trail of bright pink ooze across the following spread. Readers will enjoy flipping back and forth to see the contiguity. Being all smiles and more likely to elicit snorts of amusement than screams of terror, the monstrous marchers crawling, oozing, slithering, or strolling into and out of view with each page turn have the intended soporific effect. As the alphabet progresses, the lines of narrative become more and more…stretched…out…until a final “Y…is…for…Yawn…and…Z……is for…” signal mission accomplished. (This book was reviewed digitally.)
A monstrously effective lid-dropper. (Picture book. 3-5)

About the Creators

Amanda Noll is the author of the award-winning I Need My Monster series. She is an elementary school teacher/librarian and lives with her husband and children in Spanaway, Washington. She is also a grandmother and enjoys sharing stories with all the little monsters in her life. The monster under her bed is Gertie. You can find out more about Amanda and her work on her website

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Shari Dash Greenspan has been the editor and art director at Flashlight Press since its launch in 2004. She conceived of and co-wrote D is for Drool based on the monster world created by Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam. The monster under her bed is Yankel who loves to yank on her blanket.

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Howard McWilliam is the award-winning illustrator of the I Need My Monster series, When a Dragon Moves In series, John Cena’s Elbow Grease series (a NY Times #1 Bestseller), and many other children’s books. He is the cover artist of The Week (US & UK), and he lives with his wife and three sons in Cheltenham, England. The monster under his bed is Brompton. You can find out more about Howard and his work on his website.

ISBN: HC 9781947277496 ePDF 9781947277502 EPUB 9781947277519 KF8 9781947277526
Print Length: 32 Pages
Publication Date: Fall 2021 
Age Group: 3-5
LCCN: 2021937110

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Leveling Information

Lexile Measurements provided by Metametrics. 

Lexile Display: AD200L

Word Count: 143

MSL: 4.086

MLF: 3.339