I Need My Monster

I Need My Monster

Book - 2009
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A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a childs love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a childs imagination. One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week." Ethan knows that without Gabes familiar nightly scares he doesn't stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they've got the right equipment for the jobpointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tailbut none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn't enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Flashlight ; Distributed by Independent Pub. Group, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780979974625
0979974623
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: McWilliam, Howard 1977-

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forbesrachel Oct 14, 2012

Brilliant visuals accompany this tale of silly monsters, and the need for that one special monster that belongs to that one special child.

Greg_library Dec 10, 2009

A must-have for any boy (or girl) who needs to appreciate their monster under the bed.

miss_b Sep 29, 2009

A new bedtime favourite around my house.

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SPL_Childrens Oct 24, 2011

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7

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SPL_Childrens Oct 24, 2011

A scary monster lived under Ethan’s bed. Ethan knew this because he checked for him every night.
One night when Ethan peered under his bed, his monster wasn’t there! Instead, there was a note: “Gone fishing. Back in a week. Gabe”
Gone fishing? Ethan couldn’t believe it. How would he get to sleep every night without hearing Gabe’s dreadful groans, scratching and other creepy noises?
Ethan thought for a moment. Then he knocked on the floorboards and quickly scrambled into bed. Sure enough, in less than a minute, there was a new monster in his room.
However, the new monster’s teeth weren’t sharp and long enough. Ethan knocked on the floor again.
Now there was another new monster… but Ethan could see right away that his slobbering wasn’t messy enough. He knocked on the floorboards again.
The next monster didn’t have a scary tale. The next monster wasn’t big enough, and the next monster … Well, there was something wrong with each new monster. None of them were scary enough for Ethan. What was he going to do?
It turned out that Ethan didn’t need to do anything at all. Gabe returned early from an unsuccessful fishing trip - having discovered that fish are simply too scared by under-the-bed monsters!
This clever picture book, with its wonderful illustrations, will quickly become a bedtime favourite.

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Greg_library Dec 10, 2009

I tried to sleep, but it wasn't the same without Gabe [the boy's monster under the bed]. I missed his ragged breathing. His nose-whistling. The scrabbling of his uncut claws. How would I ever get to sleep without Gabe's familiar scary noises and spooky green ooze?

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