Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $17.99
  • Save: $4.57 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 18 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Jeremy Draws a Monster (J... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book is in Very Good Used Condition. Text pages appear to be free from markings. Exterior of book may show wear, small blemishes, nicks, and/or remainder marks. Previous owner's name/cover note may be written on inside cover page. Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy means your 100% Satisfaction is Guaranteed. Tracking number provided in your Amazon account with every order.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$13.42
$2.59 $0.01

Fun activities for the dog days of summer
Beware of the Witches
Scoobydoo Mad Libs
Dog Ate my Mad Libs
$13.42 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 18 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)
  • +
  • The Monster Returns (Jeremy and the Monster)
Total price: $30.41
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 1—In the tradition of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (HarperCollins, 1955), McCarty delivers a character who draws objects to life. This story, however, has a modern touch and an interesting psychological twist. Readers meet Jeremy, a blond, spike-haired boy garbed in a pink-striped shirt emblazoned with a large 3, alone in his third-floor apartment, gazing at a group of children playing ball below. The text reads, "He had his very own room. He never left. He never went outside." But Jeremy does have a fancy pen, and one day he conjures up a robust blue monster that, in short order, demands a sandwich, a checkerboard, a television, and a hot dog, which Jeremy and his pen quickly supply. Soon the novelty wears off and when the monster demands a hat because he is "going out," Jeremy is relieved to see him go. The monster returns, but Jeremy takes charge and when he departs for good, the neighborhood children gather—"Do you want to play ball?" they ask, and indeed Jeremy does. McCarty matches his understated story with both black-and-white and color illustrations that flow loosely across ample white space; the openness of the images gives just the right feel to the tale. The monster is not particularly scary, and the balance of power, which comes not from might but from Jeremy's ingenuity, is the book's strength. Both story and illustration leave lots of room for speculation and discussion; children will love to pore over the endpapers, as well.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA END

Review

“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

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jeremy and the Monster
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805069348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805069341
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Jeremy was peeking out the window of his apartment on the third floor of a brick building. He never left his own room, but he could see the children playing down below. He had drawn pictures of a cat, a dog, a bunny and an airplane and he decided to take "out his fancy pen" and began to draw a monster. He started near the top of the ceiling, down the wall and across the floor. He took his "fancy pen" drew and drew and filled it in. A few spikes on the head, wide spaced eyes, a cute nose, short arms and legs, a number three on its tummy and a spiked tail and he was done. Or so he thought, because the monster had different ideas!

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!
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Unique, beautifully rendered illustrations and a simple, sweet and funny storyline make this book one of our new favorites to read with our 1-year old daughter. It will entertain readers of all ages (even 36+, as the monster's quirky demands leave me giggling each time we read it). Perfect length for bedtime, too.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Adam on December 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
One of my favorite children's books. However, I use it with high schoolers for a connection to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, suggesting the Creation as how we make our own monsters that follow us. We look for physical features of reflection between Jeremy and his Monster, and we write list sentences to practice using commas to separate items in a list but also semi-colons when one or more of the items requires commas (describing and listing the items the monster makes Jeremy draw). I've bought about 10 of these and have given them as gifts. All Peter McCarty books are sweet.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A really fun story about a boy named Jeremy who draws a monster for a companion, but the monster ends up being a rude, demanding houseguest. Problem-solver-Jeremy draws the monster a one-way bus ticket and orders him to leave -- clever AND empowering! A great book to read out loud - everyone wants a turn being the huffy, grumpy monster! Both my girls love it (3.5 & 2), and I have gifted it on more than one occasion.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter received this for her second birthday and it was instantly one of her favorite books. She now basically has the book memorized and is into monsters because of it! The drawings are simple but unique. The storyline is brief and has some gaps and the book abruptly ends (I thought we were missing a page or two the first time I read it), but she just loves it and has read it over and over on nearly a daily basis for months. I've given this book as a gift several times to children from ages 2 to 4 and it's always beloved by the recipient. Although not perfect, it's a great book for someone who is looking for something a bit different from what is normally on children's shelves.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book to my 3 year-old preschool class twice and they love it! I love reading it tot hem too! It's funny, not too wordy and has lessons hidden in there too (saying thank you and how to make friends). Looking forward to reading it again.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
For some reason, this book, Jeremy Draws a Monster, really intrigues me. It’s written and illustrated by an award winning children’s book writer, Peter McCarty, but this book strikes me as an odd one. For one, the ending is rather abrupt and falls flat…it’s also rather sad; not that children’s books can’t end sadly, but this one just sort of stops in the middle of the story. I almost feel like this was originally written as one book with it’s sequel, The Monster Returns, and an editor split it up.

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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The above line has become a running gag in our home. Our son is just shy of 3 years old, LOVES this book, and already has it memorized. We delight in reading it with him every night, together with the sequel, THE MONSTER RETURNS . . . it's a really sweet tale!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)