- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
- Series: I Need My Monster
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Flashlight Press (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979974623
- ISBN-13: 978-0979974625
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 333 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Need My Monster Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Noll turns the tables on monster fears by introducing readers to Ethan, a little boy who can’t fall asleep without the ragged breathing and claw-scratching of his favorite monster, Gabe. But Gabe has left a note that he’s gone fishing, so Ethan knocks on his floor to summon a series of substitute ghoulies. Herbert, a horned green thing in a vest, doesn’t even have claws. And Ralph, a four-eyed, six-armed blob, has claws, but they’re painted and manicured. And Cynthia—well, no hard feelings, but a boy wants a boy monster, not a girl. Noll’s slyly humorous text is a suitably wry counterpoint to McWilliam’s dark-hued, exaggerated paintings of the bobble-headed Ethan and his alternately scary and silly beasts. The entire effort strikes a nice balance between creepy and comforting, but especially endearing is Gabe’s early return home as he huddles beneath the bed like a faithful dog and says, “Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to start the evening with an ominous puddle of drool.” That’s friendship for you. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus
"Dramatic in perspective, McWilliam's exaggerated, digitally colored art renders the monsters in a spectrum of neon hues and outlandish shapes. The collaborators ably balance some bedtime chills with humor, and Ethan's enthusiasm for his monster should prove infectious." —Publishers Weekly
"Noll turns the tables on monster fears by introducing readers to Ethan, a little boy who can’t fall asleep without the ragged breathing and claw-scratching of his favorite monster, Gabe." —Booklist
"A clever anxiety-defuser and an unusually well done double-debut." —Kirkus Reviews
"A must read for any discerning monster lover. A perfect bedtime companion. I'm keeping one copy on the nightstand, and one under the bed!" —Edward Hemingway, author, Bump in the Night
"The same kids who loved Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls are sure to appreciate I Need My Monster too. Highly recommended." —Monster Librarian.com
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The best part is you can read this aloud and later have your children watch it on storylineonline.com (famous actors read aloud the books using full screen pictures)
Maybe it was just me but I did not see any way to enlarge the very tiny font size for reading on the Kindle Fire. I also tried it using the Cloud Reader. The initial instructions said to double tap but that did not work for me. That is the only reason why I did not give it 5 stars.
We thought this was a great book because it was funny. All the monsters made us laugh, except Gabe. We laughed when the monster stuck out his tongue. We liked that none of the other monsters could scare him except Gabe. Our favorite character was Gabe. We love the details in the pictures.