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There Are Monsters Everywhere Hardcover – July 7, 2005

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PreSchool-Grade 2–A boy laments the many monsters everywhere he goes–his mom and dad can't see them, but he just knows they're there. They lurk nearby when he takes the trash out in the evening, on the other side of the curtain when he's taking a shower, and all over his room at night. (Thank goodness they're afraid of ladders and he sleeps on the top bunk.) When he sees a sign for karate classes, he decides it's time to learn some fancy moves and overcome his fears. Though the story is hardly groundbreaking, it is an accurate and humorous reflection of childhood concerns. Mayer's trademark cartoon style is well suited to the bevy of silly and scary monsters that skulk around corners and cower in terror before a child gains confidence and takes charge.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803706219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803706217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Anderson on July 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While this book does not say monsters are a figment of a child's imagination, it is a great kid's book. I have two boys and they both love it, despite one of them being frightened of virtually everything. Rather than telling kids monsters don't exist, which no monster-fearing kid will believe anyway, this book demonstrates how one boy found a way to overcome his fears and scare them off himself (he took karate lessons). Don't let the other reviewer scare you off...it's a good book that will not give a kid nightmares, even those who are fearful of monsters. It might however leave them begging for karate lessons.
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I just have to say that it is important that you do not consider the foolish review prior to this one. My daughter LOVES Mercer Mayer books. This book is just one of his wonderful works for children. We enjoy the storyline and the Illustrations, they have always been consistantly superb. This is a daily and nightly routine for us, to read and look at the pictures. She has not EVER had a nightmare! LOL
My daughter is FAR from frightened by these books by M.M.. If anything, they have showed her that "monsters" are not harmful or even real..for that matter. I (very key word here, because as parents WE are responsible for their main influence in everyway) teach her that we must always be alert and aware of our surroundings and the REAL dangers of the World. She is now 3 years old and it is entirely appropriate and FUN!
Also, as for violence and that being the "answer"..WOW!! So far from it. There is not a shred of VIOLENCE! I don't think it points out a wrong or right approach..just one boys! PLEASE, consider this book. You and your child will be glad you did.
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Mercer mayer is a favorite of mine, and thanks to amazon, I now own both the little critter and little monster complete series. My husband liked this book as a kid so we found it here too. My kids love it, very fun book, and I love his illustrations as much as I did when I was a kid.
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My local library recommended this book to me as all the kids who have checked it out simply love it and it's become a repeatedly checked out favorite. Mercer Mayer has both written the text and done an excellent and exciting job of illustrating it. He certainly has a knack for writing about ugly monsters and his imagination has no bounds.

This is a little boy who is terrified of monsters because they lurk just about everywhere. Behind doors, in mailboxes, in garbage cans and, of course, the tried and true hiding places for monsters.....under the bed and in the closets!! The cuteness of his ever fierce little dog is precious. He goes everywhere with the little boy, rooting out the monsters and knowing just where they are. The boy's parents are very understanding of his fears and enroll him in karate classes.

Along with the lessons comes the ability to deal with the monsters and the little boy, even though he knows the monsters are still everywhere, is no longer intimidated by them.. He KNOWS he can wham, bam knock the stuffings out of them.

I don't feel as though this should be read to a very young child but perhaps wait until they're four or five. It's a great story and every child and adult (who is brave enough to admit that he grew up with monsters of his own) will relate. My brother and I always had huge growly bears in our basement that almost chewed our feet off as we raced pell mell up the basement stairs. Whew! We had some close calls.
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Our grandson just LOVED this book - especially the illustrations. Mercer Mayer has always been a favorite in our family and its so great to find them again. Our son is passing on the tradition with Jack. Little boys love the antics and pictures in Mercer Mayer's books. (Liza Lou is a good one for little girls.) Little Critter books are also great for both. There is also a nice little biography on the authorgiven on the product pages. By the way, this seller did a fantastic job of packaging and being on time. Thank you.
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We love this book! There are several good morals/lessons that I think are helpful to kids, especially ones that are afraid of monsters. Yes, the whole premise is there ARE monsters everywhere (as the title spells out), but that is no reason to be afraid.

Obviously, monsters in the sense that they are depicted in the story are not real, but in today's world no one can deny that there are in fact "monsters". The main character in this story starts out afraid, but decides to face his fears and become prepared to stick up for himself should the situation arise. Note, there is no actual violence in this book (our hero never comes face to face with a monster), so even for those parents worried about minor violence, there is nothing to be worried about. The book ends with a much more confident, independent, and less afraid hero. Lovely pictures and I love the hidden "There's a Monster in my Closet" book!!
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Love it......... the children I read this too once again just sat there engrossed. They looked for monsters, they could see monsters everywhere, even if there were no monsters on the page they could smell them. They followed the young boy in the story, they could relate to his fear. By the end of the story they were smiling, they knew that the boy had grown stronger, confident and more powerful. By putting the power in the hands of the children, they learn to cope with their fears. I recommend these stories to every child who's afraid of the dark. They will help you to confront your fears and learn from them.
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