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I Need My Monster
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified 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
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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
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
on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Ethan's slightly scary, wonderfully loyal monster, Gabe, decides to take a fishing trip, Ethan worries that he won't get a good night's rest until Gabe returns. So, he decides to start interviewing for a new monster to take Gabe's place. Gabe meets several good monster candidates in every shape, color, texture and gender (yes! A girl monster named Cynthia applies for the job, too!) But only after acquainting himself with several other monsters, like Ralph, who has polished, manicured and not-at-all scary claws, Ethan realizes that no other monster, no matter how scary, sweet, or tempting he may be, could replace his Gabe.

Featuring illustrations as bright, playful and inviting as Amanda Noll's prose, I Need My Monster dispels the common childhood fear that having a monster living under your bed is something to fear. On the contrary, I believe that, after reading I Need My Monster, every child out there will wish they had one of their own, too.
-- Reviewed by Jill MacKenzie
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
My two little ones (son 7; daughter 4) just love this book. The way the author develops the character of each "substitute monster" and the way she helps us parents to read in a unique voice for each of them has made this fun for me and my kids. Together we do the "creaking" and "scratching" noises as each "substitute monster" comes and goes. And the boy is adorable. Both the illustrations and the way he rejects each "substitute" on very defensible grounds - like 'Boys have to have boy monsters! Everybody knows that!' - make this a truly enjoyable read. We also like going through the sketches in the front and back linings of the book and talking about which of those monsters is Daddy's monster under his bed (and which one is Mommy's) and we give them names. Each kid has their own. It's also just the right length for a bedtime story, that is, if your kids aren't terrified by the word "monster". I highly recommend this.
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