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Monster Night at Grandma's House Hardcover – August 25, 2003

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About the Author

Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of the country’s most highly respected writers for children. In fact The Washington Post called him “America’s best living author for young adults.” A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his historical and contemporary comedies and coming-of-age novels. He lives in New York City, and spends a great deal of time traveling around the country to speaking engagements at conferences, schools, and libraries.

Mr. Peck is the first children’s book author to have received a National Humanities Medal. He is a Newbery Medal winner (for A Year Down Yonder), a Newbery Honor winner (for A Long Way from Chicago), a two-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Edgar Award winner. In addition, he has won a number of major honors for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (August 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729049
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starts off with a small description of life at Grandma's house during the daytime. Gets to the scary stuff very quickly with great contrast. Toby is afraid of the dark, and of sleeping alone upstairs (his Grandma sleeps downstairs). Peck details the night with small sounds that set off big imaginings in Toby. Toby eventually gets out of bed to investigate the creepy night-world and confront his fears, and the lengthy description of his foray in the darkened house in pursuit of a "monster" keeps you on your toes and grabbing for a stuffed animal to cuddle. Toby ends up on the front porch swing, trying to catch a glimpse of the monster that he scared off, and feeling proud of his braveness. He falls asleep and wakes up to his Grandma's busy broom making swooshing sounds and to the monster's paw print on the porch railing. Toby declares to his grandmother that he solved the monster problem, and feels bigger than ever. You might have/want to explain the non-concrete ending as you see fit to some children, as I did with my daughter...she wanted to know if there actually was a monster, or if it was just Toby's imagination run wild. I like the fact that even though this book can help empower kids with tackling the fear of the dark and aloneness, it still has an element of mystery that allows a child to use their imagination and reasoning skills and come to a conclusion themselves (as to whether or not a monster was indeed in Grandma's house), if he/she so desires to. The book has a great intro relating how the illustrations came about. They were created by Don Freeman, of "Corduroy" fame. The drawings were done with India ink on scratchboard, with a watercolor overlay (direct quote from the publishing notes page).Read more ›
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I'm writing this review because I'm shocked to not see more on Amazon! We started reading this to our 3 year old son a few weeks ago and it quickly became one of his favorite books. I was a little worried when I first started reading it because it's balanced more towards words than pictures, but Richard Peck's writing is wonderful. It's easy and fun to read aloud, and it is vibrating and gripping for a young, bright 3 year old to simply listen to. There are a couple stretches where there's really no pictures and my son just listens and listens (encouraging us to move to more "wordy" books).

The premise of the book is very simple - a young boy staying with grandma, scared of the dark and the scary noises and way that a strange place can let your mind go astray. He confronts his fears with bravery, encouraging the reader to do the same. It's beautifully illustrated, wonderfully written. A real winner!
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I was very please with the book I purchased which arrived in excellent condition and very quickly.
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By Shawn on January 3, 2016
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Got the book, looks great--thanks!
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