How I Met My Monster

Written by Amanda Noll
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam

One night, when Ethan reaches under his bed for a toy truck, he finds this note instead: “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” Ethan is sure his parents are trying to trick him into staying in bed… until he sees five colorful sets of eyes blinking at him from under the bed. Soon, a colorful parade of quirky, squeaky little monsters emerge from beneath the bed and compete to become Ethan’s monster. But only the little green monster, Gabe, has the perfect blend of stomach-rumbling and snorting needed to get Ethan into bed and keep him there so he falls asleep— which as everyone knows, is the real reason for monsters under beds.
With its perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this silly-spooky prequel to the award-winning I Need My Monster and Hey, That’s MY Monster! will keep you under your covers and you’ll soon be sleeping soundly.

 

Reviews

From Kirkus
In a tardy prequel to I Need My Monster (2009), candidates for that coveted spot under the bed audition.
As the distressingly unflappable young narrator looks on, one monster after another gives it a go—but even with three mouths, the best roar Genghis can manage is a puny “blurp!”, silly shadow puppets by shaggy Morgan elicit only a sneeze, and red Abigail’s attempt to startle by hiding in the fridge merely leaves her shivering and pathetic. Fortunately, there’s Gabe, who knows just how to turn big and hairy while lurking outside the bathroom and whose red-eyed stare and gross drooling sends the lad scrambling into bed to save his toes. “Kid, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” the toothy terror growls. Right he is, the lad concludes, snuggling down beneath the covers: “His snorts and ooze were perfect.” As usual, the white-presenting child’s big, bright, smiling face and the assortment of bumbling monsters rendered in oversaturated hues keep any actual scariness at tentacle’s length. Moreover, Monster, Inc. fans will delight in McWilliam’s painstaking details of fang, claw, hair, and scales.

Frightful and delightful: a comforting (to some, anyway) reminder that no one sleeps alone.

About the Creators

Amanda, Noll, hey that's my monster, creativity, imagination, facing fears, humor, Halloween, monster, bedtime, sleep, scary, bed, siblings, sister, brother, fairness, caring

Amanda Noll is the author of I Need My Monster and Hey, That’s MY Monster!, She lives in Spanaway, Washington with her husband and children. The monster under her bed is named Gertie.

 
 

Howard, Mcwilliam, hey that's my monster, creativity, imagination, facing fears, humor, Halloween, monster, bedtime, sleep, scary, bed, siblings, sister, brother, fairness, caring

Howard McWilliam is the award-winning illustrator of When a Dragon Moves In, When a Dragon Moves In AgainI Need My Monster and Hey! That’s MY Monster!, along with dozens of children’s picture 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 named Brompton.

ISBN: HC 9781947277090 / ePDF 9781947277106 / EPUB 9781947277113 / KF8 9781947277120
Print Length: 32 Full Color Pages
Publication Date: Fall 2019 
Age Group: 4-8

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