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

Michael Yu , Rachel Yu
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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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!


"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: 2733 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: #3,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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 Very cute! April 30, 2013
By jenny
Format:Kindle Edition
Very cute little book. My three year old loved it and was smiling the whole time(a winner for me). I would recommend to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it April 29, 2013
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Cute story about bedtime. Surprise ending was an enjoyable twist. My four year old daughter enjoyed it. The colourful illustrations complimented the writing well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Love the illustrations and theme! :) April 10, 2013
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My three year old really likes this story and thinks it's funny that the monster likes to eat cookies. I also like how this story encourages the use of imagination which is especially important for young children. This is the second book we've purchased by Michael Yu and I will continue to purchase his books. I really like how Mr. Yu's stories all have themes that include family & fun. We're looking forward to reading more stories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 27, 2012
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My son wants cookies and a monster to play with....guess I need to start baking! Thanks for such an entertaining book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really really good December 26, 2012
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Kind of short but really good says my 7 year old daughter. Wort reading again...thanks for the rental it was cool
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super cute December 24, 2012
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Very fun story. My 5 year old loves to read it over and over and over, especially with her dad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
My 4 yr old son loves this book. Great story!
Published 7 hours ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter enjoyed it.
It's a really cute book. My daughter enjoyed it.
Published 11 days ago by topaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
beautifully illustrated
Published 16 days ago by m. myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo cute!
I loved reading this book to my 3 year old. He really enjoyed it and the ending was a cute surprise that made him giggle. Great children's book.
Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet and fun
The story is about Eric, a little boy who resists going to bed. His mother convinces him that if he leaves out cookies and does a special chant, a monster will come and play with... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Bonnie Ferrante
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Lessons that a child can pick up easily are always the best! Totally recommended for children bedtime, daily reads! Enjoy.
Published 25 days ago by Jessica Altamirano
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendable picture and the story were really nice
the Artwork and the story was amazing. all along I really thought it was a real monster playing with little eric but in the end it did turn out to be his dad. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Dion Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedtime story
Love how the story flows and keeps my 3 year old occupied thru the book. Wonderful illustration. Nice and calm colors for bedtime.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Wilder
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not age appropriate!
Published 1 month ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a must own book.
My toddler and I loved this book. She hides under the covers when the character does. It's so cute. I might have enjoyed it more than her.
Published 1 month ago by ILoveADeal
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Welcome, dear readers, to Fat Moon Books!

Our goal is to provide quality children picture books for people of all ages to enjoy. We sincerely believe that sharing a book with a young child will not only spark their imagination, but also open gateways to worlds of adventure.


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