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The Tickle Monster Is Coming! Hardcover – September 16, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—At bedtime, a young monster anxiously awaits the arrival of the Tickle Monster, a nocturnal creature that is never directly depicted in the artwork but nevertheless seems omnipresent: "His nose knows the scent of your toothpaste./His ears hear your pj's unfold./He senses your dread as you climb into bed—/he can see through your ceiling, I'm told." Peeking hesitantly from beneath his covers, the youngster notices ominous dark shadows on the wall. The rhyming verse builds anticipation of the impending attack. The Tickle Monster will show no mercy: "You'll squirm! You'll dance!/(You may wet your pants)." When the defenseless imp has had enough, the intruder will offer a hug, "wiggle under the rug,/and sink through a crack in the floor." The acrylic illustrations' somber brown and dark-green palette creates a spooky atmosphere. Although there are "giggles and grins" at the end, readers may be left with more of a sense of trepidation than of tongue-in-cheek playfulness.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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About the Author

James Otis Thach remembers vividly what it was like to hide beneath the covers, awaiting a visit from the Tickle Monster. Sometimes he still does that! When not writing monster books, he runs a tutoring company with his twin brother. James lives in Los Angeles, California. www.jamesthach.com

David Barneda's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, film, the Web, and, from time to time, hanging in people's homes. This is his first picture book. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and at one point he had a Ping-Pong table in his dining room. www.barneda.com

This is James and David's first collaboration. They worked on The Tickle Monster Is Coming! at a local Krispy Kreme store, where James probably ate 300 doughnuts while they got the story and drawings ready.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599900114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599900117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Otis Thach grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother was a teacher and storyteller; his father a scientist and outdoorsman. James began his career in the entertainment industry, before turning his attention to education and children's books. He has a master's degree in educational therapy, and runs a tutoring company in Los Angeles. His books include the picture books A Child's Guide to Common Household Monsters and The Tickle Monster is Coming, and the long-form picture book, The Seal Pup.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MomofFour on November 29, 2008
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This one borrowed from the library is so good we'll be adding it to our home collection, in hardcover!

The rhyming tale of a monster who tickles is funny and makes light of an issue that bothers kids.

Its published by a house I've never heard of and I wonder if it'd get better circulation if done by someone like Harper Collins. I'm quite disappointed with Harper because they are publishing books with poor plots and seem to be doing all the celebrity books as well. The author of this book did a top notch job!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Walsh on November 11, 2008
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The Tickle Monster is Coming is a fun bedtime story perfect for those little ones who are scared of things that go bump in the night. The monsters in the book set up an easy and fun bedtime routine that ends in laughs for all. Your little monster will be laughing with anticipation every time you read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Murawski on June 14, 2011
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I loved this book and bought 5 copies of it for friends and family with little ones. It's fun and cute - but you may need to preview it a bit with really young children so they know not to be scared. This book helps make "monsters" fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Kratz on January 31, 2009
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"The Tickle Monster is Coming" is a fun romp through a child's imaginative world. Beautifully illustrated, your kids will get swept up in the anticipation of the tickle monster's arrival. A must buy for little ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patsinc on December 8, 2011
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Cute book to go with the Tickle Monster Mitts.
Children of all ages enjoy the books along with the tickle mitts.
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