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How to Catch a Monster (A endearing children's picture book about a boy and his cookie eating monster ) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Yu , Rachel Yu , June Yu
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 46 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Eric hates taking a bath. Eric hates brushing his teeth. Eric hates putting on his pajamas. Let's face it, Eric hates getting ready for bed.

Thankfully, Eric's mom and dad have the perfect plan to help their little boy. Find out what a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a monster has to do with it.

How to catch a monster is a fun and beautifully illustrated book with a surprisingly sweet ending that all readers will surely enjoy. this charming children's story that is sure to become a favorite.

All-time favorite Michael Yu children's book!


"This actually brought a tear to my eye reading this to my two year old."

"My favorite thing about this book were the awesome illustrations. Wow! Loved the vivid colors and textures. One of the most professional looking indie ebooks I've seen and on par (or above) with published children's books. The story was cute and also so much better than most indie ebooks. I can see kids asking for this story to be read many times and wanting a monster of their own!"

"This is such a clever book! My kids constantly ask me to read it over and over again. The pictures are amazing and the best part is the surprise ending!"

"This is an endearing story of a boy and his 'monster'/dad and their time together every night. It is a great read."

Editorial Reviews


Cutest children's book ever!

I read a lot. Every day I read a lot, and out of every children's book I have seen...well, ever...this is hands down the best of the best. My kids fell completely in love with this book from the very first page. The pictures are great and the story is even better. I have bought a lot of kids books for the kindle in the last year and been disappointed with a number of them because the story was too short or too long or the pictures looked lousy on the kindle, but this one was perfect. The story was just long enough to keep the kinds entertained without them getting bored. The end of this book was a surprise even to the adults in the house and made all of us smile. The kids insisted that we keep this one and read it again. If you have kids, I highly recommend downloading this wonderful book! - Ionia Martin "Ionia"

From the Author

When Rachel and Eric were young, we had this routine where after they got ready for bed, I would pretend to be one of the characters from their favorite television show. We would make up adventures and imagine different stories to play out. One of the games they liked most was "Monster". I'd chase after them snarling and growling, and they would run screaming and giggling around the room. They loved it. Eventually, my kids grew up but we still look back on those times with fond memories. That's where the inspiration for Playtime with Monsters came from.

We hope you have as much fun reading our books as we had writing them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2857 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Fat Moon Books (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095807LK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As easy to enjoy for adults as for children January 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very fun, well drawn, and colorful book with a main character right at the perfect age to himself hear the story told and marvel gleefully at its illustrations. Young children will have no trouble identifying with the eager, earnest, and just the littlest bit pesky main character. Nighttime blues and violets set the bedtime mood for a quick and upbeat romp into the imagination. The little boy's expressions of surprise, anticipation, and delight are likely to get a grin out of both children and adults, and the surprise ending is wonderful.

There is just a bit of word usage that may challenge the littlest ones and prompt questions in a good way. Instead of merely saying words and using "said" to show that they did so, characters "beamed," "replied," and "exclaimed" their dialogue here and there. That may be enough to prompt a question eventually, but kids will probably intuit the meanings of those words as the story is read without feeling it was disrupted. If kids are curious as to exactly what those words mean, good for them and, as a parent, good for you for having the opportunity to introduce some words a very young child may not be used to using or hearing. The word usage is otherwise simple and always charming.

Highly recommended. This is a book that's both gentle and sweet without being cloying or didactic. Very easy to enjoy and highly recommended.
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"How to Catch a Monster" is a delightful book that will engage and amuse young readers and listeners. Michael Yu has given that audience a book to which they may relate and from which they may "learn a lesson". The excellent writing adds value to this book and provides an example of what a book should be to those aspiring writers of children's books.

Eric, the main character of "How to Catch a Monster", is himself a "monster". His obstinate refusal to get ready for bed and then to stay there are actions that all parents have experienced. His clever mother gives him a plate of cookies with which he can lure the monster and teaches Eric a poem that will "call" a monster from under the bed. Repeated successes end in Eric discovering the monster's secret and in his going willingly to bed.

The vividly colored illustrations are appealing and enhance the impact of the narrative. They have depth and dimension rather than appearing as though they are flat cartoons as do many illustrations in current children's books.

"How to Catch a Monster" is fun to read and even more fun to read to a toddler who may be Eric's "doppelganger". It makes its point and will have the child laughing as he/she learns a valuable lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Awesome! November 23, 2012
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Bedtime is not fun at all especially for toddlers who have the infinitesimal energy. This story is really fun, I have enjoyed reading it. Why, who ever said that bedtime story is for children only? My nephew is still not able to read, but he is entertained by the visuals.
The illustrations are life-like, or shall we say, book-life. Eric, just like any other little boys, has a lot going on his mind. He hates to wash, brush and to be sent to bed. Everyday has been a constant battle. So a mother with one huge imagination is the answer. His mother introduced the "monster" to Eric. Kids in general are afraid of monsters, but not Eric. This has been going on for several nights, until it became Eric's habit. I love the idea of this book, with this; kids will see monsters on a different light. Monsters are now our little kid's best friend who will put them to sleep. Why cookies? Suddenly, I thought of cookie monster. Just brilliant!!!! Every kid certainly knows who Cookie Monster is. I just love the twist in the end. Never saw it coming. This certainly teaches the kids the importance of hygiene. It will not hurt that you go to bed all washed and brushed up. A great bedtime story, both the parents and kids will love.
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Last night I read this book to my 3 year old, using my Kindle Fire HD6... And he snuggled into me, completely rapt. He is absolutely obsessed with monsters, and the idea of a monster that comes out at night to play was thrilling to him. The art in this book is really nice and there was even an "easter egg" of Mike Wakowski from Monster's Inc. in one panel. The twist at the end is super cute... And now my son is asking me to make cookies so every night he can call a monster to play with him before bed :)

I'll be purchasing more books from Michael Yu in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good find December 4, 2014
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition
In the process on slowly accumulating a little library of books for our son that is due in January, we of course started out our search in obtaining books we were familiar with from our own childhoods but also wanted to find books we weren't so familiar with and that is when I came across this one and I have to say this is now one of my husband's favorites! He really looks forward to reading this one at least a few more times to our son in the future. It was a pleasant surprise stumbling upon this, the illustrations are beautiful and the story is adorable!
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My almost 8 year old who is a struggling reader is very hard to find books for. He loves a good story and can't stand books that are obviously dumbed down for kids at his level. He doesn't even like Dr. Seuss. This was a hit because it was easy enough for him to read with near independence and it was a charming story. Few books can claim both. I even enjoyed it.
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Published 18 hours ago by Mandy Dalton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Bedtime Story
There are so many great children’s books out there, but this is not one of them.

It is Eric's bedtime. His mother has to struggle to get him to bed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tigerlily64
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My 5 year old loved this book. It wasn't too short and just long enough to keep him entertained.
Published 4 days ago by melissa scruggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice twist at the end
Wonderful illustrations. Great stormy. My 3 year old daughter loves this book. Great on kindle as well. Very cute story
Published 5 days ago by Karen Michele
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Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bed time story!
I originally borrowed this book through my kindle and read it to my two year old. I didn't read it ahead of time so we discovered the story together. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Brandon & Michelle Evans
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great book. kids loved it
Published 14 days ago by Bayrocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this and so did my grandkids. Can't get enough, and can even inspire many Dad's.
Published 14 days ago by Sherryoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My 4 year old loves this book, and even gets out cookies so we can play Monster, Monster, 123, any time of the day.
Published 15 days ago by Gayle M.
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