Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hey, That's My Monster! By Amanda Noll- ESSENTIAL

Noll, Amanda Hey, That’s My Monster! Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. PICTURE BOOK. Flashlight Press, 2016.  $17.95.  

One night when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, he is surprised to find a note stating: “So long, kid.  Gotta go.  Someone needs me more than you do. –Gabe.” What?  Gabe was MY monster!  Nobody needed him more than me!  Ethan quickly realized that his little sister Emma NEEDED a monster to keep her in bed because she liked to climb out of  her bed, roam the house, and play noisy games at night.  Sure enough, Ethan found Gabe across the hall and under Emma’s bed.  Ethan then starts on a journey of finding a personal monster for Emma so that he can have Gabe all to himself.  After trial and error, everyone finally agrees that Stella is the perfect monster for keeping Emma in her bed at night.  “Emma had Stella.  I had Gabe.  Everything was back to normal.  I shivered again. We’d all be asleep in no time.” 

This is another very well written and incredibly well illustrated picture book.  McWilliam’s cinematic artwork is brilliant.  This is a great monster-under-the-bed book for all monster-loving children. Children who have read the earlier book by Noll and McWilliam will thrill in the new adventure of this second book.  

Pre-K.  EL (K-3).  ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: SL. 

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