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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
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
"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
on November 23, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2015
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2015
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
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
on April 29, 2013
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
on April 10, 2013
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
on December 27, 2012
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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