Monsters galore

A review of I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

When Ethan finds out his monster, Gabe, has gone fishing for the week, he's beside himself. How can anyone get to sleep without their monster under the bed?! A series of substitute monsters follows, but Ethan can always find something wrong with them. He's about to give up, when Gabe comes back early and helps Ethan sleep with some familiar green ooze. A fun bedtime story for all monster lovers, I Need My Monster is a great twist on the standard "monster under my bed" tale.

For more monster stories that may be new to you, check out:

If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberley

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty

Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund

The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly


Also, Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff - which at first I thought was too "Disney" for my taste, is actually a wonderful, funny story that 3 & 4s will enjoy with a play on the character identities that the 5 - 8 yr old set will love as well.