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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803706219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803706217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A boy laments the many monsters everywhere he goes–his mom and dad can't see them, but he just knows they're there. They lurk nearby when he takes the trash out in the evening, on the other side of the curtain when he's taking a shower, and all over his room at night. (Thank goodness they're afraid of ladders and he sleeps on the top bunk.) When he sees a sign for karate classes, he decides it's time to learn some fancy moves and overcome his fears. Though the story is hardly groundbreaking, it is an accurate and humorous reflection of childhood concerns. Mayer's trademark cartoon style is well suited to the bevy of silly and scary monsters that skulk around corners and cower in terror before a child gains confidence and takes charge.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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My daughter LOVES Mercer Mayer books.
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It is one we've read so often that I know it by heart.
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Fun book to help kids overcome their fears.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on July 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While this book does not say monsters are a figment of a child's imagination, it is a great kid's book. I have two boys and they both love it, despite one of them being frightened of virtually everything. Rather than telling kids monsters don't exist, which no monster-fearing kid will believe anyway, this book demonstrates how one boy found a way to overcome his fears and scare them off himself (he took karate lessons). Don't let the other reviewer scare you off...it's a good book that will not give a kid nightmares, even those who are fearful of monsters. It might however leave them begging for karate lessons.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Ulitsch on August 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just have to say that it is important that you do not consider the foolish review prior to this one. My daughter LOVES Mercer Mayer books. This book is just one of his wonderful works for children. We enjoy the storyline and the Illustrations, they have always been consistantly superb. This is a daily and nightly routine for us, to read and look at the pictures. She has not EVER had a nightmare! LOL
My daughter is FAR from frightened by these books by M.M.. If anything, they have showed her that "monsters" are not harmful or even real..for that matter. I (very key word here, because as parents WE are responsible for their main influence in everyway) teach her that we must always be alert and aware of our surroundings and the REAL dangers of the World. She is now 3 years old and it is entirely appropriate and FUN!
Also, as for violence and that being the "answer"..WOW!! So far from it. There is not a shred of VIOLENCE! I don't think it points out a wrong or right approach..just one boys! PLEASE, consider this book. You and your child will be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JF on April 16, 2008
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My son fears monsters so we got this book. To kids, these monsters are very real no matter what we tell them so that makes this a great story from the child's point of view. He never really sees them, but he "knows" they're there. He learns karate and feels more confident, and the monsters go away. My son loved it, related to it, and felt more confident himself after reading it and discovering that monsters CAN be scared away. He even sleeps in his own bed now!
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By L. Foxx on June 29, 2009
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This and other books by Mercer Mayer offer a fun and inviting read for young learners. I often use books by Mercer Mayer as Read-Alouds and Think-Alouds and in Making Connections activities. These books are very easy for young learners to connect to as they pertain to common childhood experiences and feelings. Students can also draw connections between Mercer Mayer books about related topics, and later to the larger world. My students LOVE reading them again and again, and the familiar themes engage even the most reluctant readers. Although the text is not what I would call a pattern book, as a re-read, familiar read or shared reading experience, my English Language Learners are particularly enchanted by this book and practice it again and again. I recommend all the other Mercer Mayer classics of the same theme, There's a Nightmare in my Attic, There's an Alligator Under My Bed, etc. Happy Reading!
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By Amy Dingler on February 16, 2010
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"There are monsters everywhere, but I don't care!" Sounds at first like a bad idea for a bedtime story, but in fact, it is great! This is a fun story about a boy who takes karate lessons and so stops being afraid of all the monsters in the world. All three of my kids, the two-year-old girl and five and six-year-old boys LOVE it. It is one we've read so often that I know it by heart. Looking for a great gift? This one is out of the park!
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By Bentleb on January 15, 2014
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Fun book to help kids overcome their fears. Enjoyed the pictures and few words per page. We love how the monsters are portrayed.
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Love it......... the children I read this too once again just sat there engrossed. They looked for monsters, they could see monsters everywhere, even if there were no monsters on the page they could smell them. They followed the young boy in the story, they could relate to his fear. By the end of the story they were smiling, they knew that the boy had grown stronger, confident and more powerful. By putting the power in the hands of the children, they learn to cope with their fears. I recommend these stories to every child who's afraid of the dark. They will help you to confront your fears and learn from them.
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These books help small children deal with big scary subjects with humor. The graphics are wonderful and creative. The stories will make you and your child laugh.
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