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Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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“Tired of having only imaginary companions, Jeremy seeks out real friends, in this marvelous and comic tale of the consolations and limits of our imaginations.” ―New York Times Book Review
“With simplicity and quiet depth, a boy creates a challenge and meets it… Neat and unassuming.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Both story and illustration leave lots of room for speculation and discussion; children will love to pore over the endpapers, as well.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
“The finely rendered pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations skillfully delineate characters and objects, which stand out against full-page white spaces, most impressively with the blue, blobby, squiggly, horned monster himself. A topnotch Harold and the Purple Crayon for a new generation.” ―Booklist
“[An] inventive story with fabulous illustrations.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
Top Customer Reviews
The monster wanted a sandwich and so Jeremy began to draw again. He gulped it up and was totally rude because he "did not say thank you." He wanted a toaster, a record player, a checkerboard and a comfortable chair. Those crayons were whirling to keep up with the requests. Next he wanted a television. Of course when you have one you need a hot dog. On and on went the monster, getting ruder by the minute. "Are you going to sit there all day? Draw me a hat. I'm going out!" It was nice to have a monster, but this was getting ridiculous. How was he going to get rid of this big pest?
This was a comical little story that will tickle little funny bones. I've heard of things like Build a Bear and when Jeremy built his own monster with his crayon it was totally novel and fun. I liked the quick progression of the story. The more things the monster wanted, the sillier it got. The artwork was simple, childlike and very appealing. Monsters can sometimes be seen as scary things, but this one was just a pest, a fact that won't be lost on the parent of a fearful child. If you have an imaginative youngster that would like to have his or her funny bone tickled, this might be one you should consider!
That being said, it’s an easy to read, simple to follow, whimsical story for children as young as two. My son really loved it and asks for “Jeremy” when he wants to read it. The story follows a lonely boy as he draws himself a monster, who ends up being a burden to him. Why the Monster and Jeremy both have a “3″ on them is a mystery, and makes me wonder if this book is really about imaginary friends. In many ways it does remind me of Drop Dead Fred!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think I love this book more than my son. I love to say the monster's voice in different grumpy accents.Published 12 months ago by D. Turner
Interesting comments here - with a demand for "more story" and the cost of a book being equated to...word count? Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Gregory Smith
The illustrations were excellent, but the story is dull and ended abruptly with no real moral to it. Jeremy drew a monster. It was demanding. He sent him on his way. The end. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Meg Rite
Cute but not a spectacular story. Kind of expensive for a story that's only Ok. My students enjoyed it though.Published on January 28, 2014 by Mary Ann T.