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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979974623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979974625
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noll turns the tables on monster fears by introducing readers to Ethan, a little boy who can’t fall asleep without the ragged breathing and claw-scratching of his favorite monster, Gabe. But Gabe has left a note that he’s gone fishing, so Ethan knocks on his floor to summon a series of substitute ghoulies. Herbert, a horned green thing in a vest, doesn’t even have claws. And Ralph, a four-eyed, six-armed blob, has claws, but they’re painted and manicured. And Cynthia—well, no hard feelings, but a boy wants a boy monster, not a girl. Noll’s slyly humorous text is a suitably wry counterpoint to McWilliam’s dark-hued, exaggerated paintings of the bobble-headed Ethan and his alternately scary and silly beasts. The entire effort strikes a nice balance between creepy and comforting, but especially endearing is Gabe’s early return home as he huddles beneath the bed like a faithful dog and says, “Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to start the evening with an ominous puddle of drool.” That’s friendship for you. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

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"Dramatic in perspective, McWilliam's exaggerated, digitally colored art renders the monsters in a spectrum of neon hues and outlandish shapes. The collaborators ably balance some bedtime chills with humor, and Ethan's enthusiasm for his monster should prove infectious."  —Publishers Weekly



"A fun nighttime read for those who enjoy a bit of shiver as they are tucked in to bed . . . a great read-aloud for a slightly older audience at a night-themed story hour."  —School Library Journal


"Noll turns the tables on monster fears by introducing readers to Ethan, a little boy who can’t fall asleep without the ragged breathing and claw-scratching of his favorite monster, Gabe."  —Booklist



"A clever anxiety-defuser and an unusually well done double-debut."  —Kirkus Reviews



"A perfect read-aloud for squirmy youngsters, especially boys . . . exquisitely creepy, perfect for. . .  all monster-lovers."  —The Sacramento Bee


"Between the simple hilarity of the story itself and the amazing, gorgeous illustrations, I Need My Monster is a brilliant piece of picture book work."  —A Patchwork of Books


"A must read for any discerning monster lover. A perfect bedtime companion. I'm keeping one copy on the nightstand, and one under the bed!"  —Edward Hemingway, author, Bump in the Night



"The same kids who loved Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls are sure to appreciate I Need My Monster too. Highly recommended."  —Monster Librarian.com


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We read it every night.
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Very very fun to read and great illustrations also.
S. Martin
We talked about our monsters under the bed!
Rebecca

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Leishman on June 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A lot of what I have to say is the same as everyone else, but I feel so strongly about it that I have to repeat it. This story is based on such a well-known childhood myth, but is at the same time so creative, that I am amazed everytime we read it at our house. Additionally, as mentioned by others, the illustrations are beautiful, Disney-Pixar-esque. I really believe that I like this story more than my boys right now! Our sons are 4 and 2 and even though my little one will sit still for any story, it is definitely a little old for him. My 4 year old is just starting to get interested after a few weeks of reading it. So, 4 years and up is probably ideal for this book. I keep them interested by using different voices for the different monsters and really exaggerate when I am reading the boy Ethan's parts. This book is truly joyful, and my intent when I bought it was to eliminate the possibility that my worry-wart of a 4 year old would decide to be scared of monsters (he tends to get ahold of an idea and not let go and deciding to be scared of monsters under the bed seemed right up his alley.) Now that we have this story and he giggles about it, I know he will not develop that particular fear. I am so glad we bought this book. Buy it for yourself as well as your kids, it's always nice to enjoy what you are reading to them!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Teacher and Mom of 3 on June 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At first I thought this book might instill bedtime fears. My little guy has never complained of being in the dark or been afraid of monsters, and admittedly, I was nervous to read this book to him. I couldn't have been more wrong. He LOVES this book. He anticipates the different personalities of the monsters and their different quirks. His favorite part is when one of the monsters, Mack, with the big fat tongue hanging out, threatens to lick Ethan, the main character. Toooo funny!

I would highly recommend this book for kids 4-7 who enjoy a delightful scare and have a goofy sense of humor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tabatha Sabin on March 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great story for those who struggle to find stories to keep their little ones(in my case boys) entertained all the way to the end of the book. They say the best childrens books are the ones that keep both the parent and the child entertained, this book surely does that. The text and illlustrations work so well together to peak the imaginations of my boys. No need to worry about this book being too scary the author has made this a great story of an unusual friendship.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E.SanMiguel on October 8, 2012
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The story is charming and the artwork is fantastic. You will need a voice for the little boy and 5 monster voices but save the best monster voice for Gabe who appears last.

Maybe it was just me but I did not see any way to enlarge the very tiny font size for reading on the Kindle Fire. I also tried it using the Cloud Reader. The initial instructions said to double tap but that did not work for me. That is the only reason why I did not give it 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Cleeves on October 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am using this book for several lessons in my fourth grade classroom. This book has wonderful descriptive language, so I am using it this month for a Halloween writing.Students will create their own monsters and then write about them. I will create a bulletin board of a bed and put all of our monsters underneath! I am also using this book for a springboard for a math lesson on combinations. Students will select body parts and fiqure out how many different monsters (combinations) they can make. There is so much to do with this very engaging book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vanhookc on March 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bring on a couple of teens to the elementary classes. Practice, practice, practice. This is one of the best books I have ever seen for teens to read to children. The listeners will be laughing so hard and all wanting a monster of their own! Great pretend book. The monster voices are slurpy, silly, giggly, deep and just fun to make!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Sokol on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old son just loves this book. We bought it on a Saturday afternoon and we read it to him 10 times over the weekend. He carries it around everywhere he goes asking people to read it to him. I've never seen him get so excited about a non-Star Wars related item before. Creative story and great illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susan s. cohen on June 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I THINK THE REASON I TRULY ENJOY READING THIS BOOK TO MY GRANDCHILDREN IS THE SMART LANGUAGE AND INCREDIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS... THE TEXT IS FUNNY, COLORFUL AND CHILDREN REALLY GET IT. THIS IS MY GO TO BOOK TO BUY WHEN A GIFT IS NEEDED.
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