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When Monsters Get Lonely
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My first opinion of this is that it looks pretty scary for little children. Once you read it you find out it is not. However my little ones didn't want me to read it at first, they didn't like the look of the cover. It took some convincing for them to sit and listen to it, they didn't like the fact the little girl was so scared but come the end of the book they enjoyed it and understood she was no longer scared.

Hannah is a little girl who is scared by the monster she says is visiting her during the night. Her Gran tries to tell her that it is our imagination and thoughts that create the monster. She can become friends with the monster as Monsters get lonely too.

This is a great book for little ones who have fears of the dark, especially Monster fears. Don't be put off by the dark cover and dark pages, it's all part of the magic of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hannah shivers as she clings to her bed covers in "When Monsters Get Lonely". She's afraid when her mother shuts off the light, the monster under the bed will come for her. Everything is fine when she leaves the lamp on, but there is a sudden blackout. Her parents and grandma explain to here that there are no such thing as monsters. Hannah is still scared as she returns to her room, but is ready to confront her monster.

I recall being afraid of monsters under the bed and the boogeyman in the closet when I was a kid. In "When Monsters Get Lonely" young Hannah, who wants to be a film director, is afraid of the creature that comes out when the lights go out. Young readers will be able to relate to Hannah and her situation as she bravely confronts her fears. The illustrations are wonderfully drawn, and at times the drawings are a little spooky. It is a great read for kids, especially with Halloween just around the corner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
This is an awesome book! It might be a tad scary for 4 yr olds, but surely ages 5 - 8 will handle it just fine. Maha Huneidi takes children's night terrors and teaches them how to turn them around into something silly and happy with their imagination. Oh, but the lesson isn't spelled out. It's deftly couched in this highly inventive and imaginative tale superbly illustrated contrasting the darkness our fear conjures and the light and fun our thoughts can create. You'll really enjoy this one and it may be the go to book for your kiddo when a nightmare approaches or the imagination runs wild in the dark and spooky things seem to appear. The warmth of family love and support Hannah receives from her family gives kiddos all the reassurance they need to face Hannah's monster with her and discover how harmless and even fun it can be. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2011
I was so excited to read this book which was recommended to me by a friend. I absolutely loved it! The message is powerful and very important for children to understand. The illustrations add to the story and what might seem a bit scary in the beginning turn out to be funny in the end. In my opinion, it is important for children to understand that they have control over their emotions and how they see situations. They are not victims. I am a preschool teacher and plan to get a copy for my school to read to the children. I hope the author writes more books and I look forward to reading them!
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One night, during a blackout, Hannah's worst fear comes to life when her monster pays her a visit in the dark of night. Hannah finds it difficult to control her dreadful fear, until Gams reveals how our thoughts magically create our lives.

Overall Thought: This is a great book to read on Halloween when little kids like to talk about the things they fear. However, this is also a great book for anytime of year if you have a little who is afraid of the dark or has some other fear they need to learn to overcome.

Maha Huneidi is a debut author and she has done a great job with "When Monsters Get Lonely". The main character Hannah learns one night as the lights go out that sometimes the things we hear going bump in the night are because are not always what they seem in the light. When Hannah finally goes back to her room and meets Sn-Eefil, the monster who lives under her bed, you wonder if these two really can become friends. As all kids know...the monsters that live under our beds are scary, not friendly. However, Hannah learns something about these monsters, well at least her monster and with his old broken tlesope eye and big floppy ears.

If your children love Disney's "Monsters Inc." then I suggest giving this book a try. Because when monsters get lonely, you never know what new friend you just might make in the dark.

Huneidi began writing this book and later found out her granddaughter was afraid of monsters. "It was not about my granddaughter at all, but when I heard that she was afraid of monsters, it quickly became all about her. I wanted to empower her to take charge of her fear," states Huneidi. "I sent my son a copy of "When Monsters Get Lonely" in a word file, with illustrations, just before I submitted it for publishing in April. Hanaa's parents immediately began reading it to her...Now, she sometimes tells her mother, `the monster touched my neck, but I made friends with him."

Huneidi wants to help children, like her granddaughter Hanaa, to find the courage to deal with monsters and other fears on their own. "My granddaughter still enjoys monster movies and monster stories! But she has found the courage to overcome her fears," states Huneidi
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When you were little, did you look under your bed at night before going to sleep in order to check for monsters? I probably did, and so does Hannah. She's afraid that a monster under her bed will take her away, so she switches on her bedside lamp. However, during a power outage one night, she feels something cold and clammy touching the back of her neck and she screams. Mom and Dad come in. Mom hugs her, and Dad checks the room with his flashlight. There's no monster. Then they smell chocolate. Grams is making hot cocoa. Grams tells Hannah, "We invent our monsters, Hannah. We also invent our lives." Hannah understands that if she thinks of scary, sad stuff, her life will be scary and sad. But when she goes back to bed, what will she do? Will she still be afraid of monsters?
Author Maha Huneidi is a wife, mother, and now grandmother of Hanaa, who finally found out what she wants to be when she grows up. This book is the first step of her journey. She says, "When I began writing this book, it was not about my granddaughter at all, but when I heard that she was afraid of monsters, it quickly became all about her. I wanted to empower her to take charge of her fear." Karen McDonald's illustrations are somewhat dark, in keeping with the theme, but are not overly frightful. Probably the idea of monsters hiding under the bed just waiting to capture a youngster is one of the most common childhood fears. When Monsters Get Lonely is a fun tool that will help them find the courage to deal with their monsters on their own by learning how to control their dreadful thoughts. It is just in time to use as a nice, calming Halloween bedtime story.
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