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Publisher Comments:

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 job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but 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.

Scholastic Book Club Selection

Winner of 6 state awards: Alabama Camellia Award (2010-2011), Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award (2011), California Young Readers Medal (2011-12), Georgia Picture Storybook Award (2011-12), Nevada Young Reader Award (2011-12), Virginia Reader's Choice Primary Award (2012-13)

Included on 5 other state award lists: Mississippi Magnolia Children's Choice Award list (2012-13), Nebraska Golden Sower Award list (2011-12), South Dakota Prairie Bud Award list (2011-12), Washington Children's Choice Book Award list (2010-2011), Wyoming Buckaroo Award list (2011-12)

Additionally, these regional awards lists: Connecticut Charter Oak Children's Book Award list (2011-12), Iowa Regional Goldfinch Award Winner (2009-10)

Storytelling World Award Honor Book 2010

Review:

"This debut picture book for both author and illustrator offers a droll take on the monster-under-the-bed theme. Ethan is distressed when he peers under the mattress for his monster but finds only a note: 'Gone fishing. Back in a week.' How can he fall asleep without Gabe's 'ragged breathing. His nose-whistling. The scrabbling of his uncut claws' and the 'spooky green ooze' he emits? Concluding that he needs a substitute, the bug-eyed boy knocks on the floorboards to summon one, but the beasts that appear one by one aren't sufficiently menacing ('The whole point of having a monster, after all, was to keep me in bed, imagining all the scary stuff that could happen if I got out'). Ethan engages in spry repartee with the monsters he rejects before Gabe reappears, having cut short his trip. 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. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Amanda Noll is a writer. She lives in Spanaway, Washington. Howard McWilliam has won awards for his artwork, including National Young Cartoonist of the Year (UK), and has contributed art to a wide range of magazines and newspapers including, Child Education, The Daily Telegraph, Nursery Education, and The Week.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780979974625
Author:
Noll, Amanda
Publisher:
Flashlight Press
Illustrator:
McWilliam, Howard
Author:
McWilliam, Howard
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
JUV051000
Subject:
Bedtime
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Children s-Imagination and Play
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.25 x 10.25 in
Age Level:
05-07

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This debut picture book for both author and illustrator offers a droll take on the monster-under-the-bed theme. Ethan is distressed when he peers under the mattress for his monster but finds only a note: 'Gone fishing. Back in a week.' How can he fall asleep without Gabe's 'ragged breathing. His nose-whistling. The scrabbling of his uncut claws' and the 'spooky green ooze' he emits? Concluding that he needs a substitute, the bug-eyed boy knocks on the floorboards to summon one, but the beasts that appear one by one aren't sufficiently menacing ('The whole point of having a monster, after all, was to keep me in bed, imagining all the scary stuff that could happen if I got out'). Ethan engages in spry repartee with the monsters he rejects before Gabe reappears, having cut short his trip. 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. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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