I received this book for free from Flash Light Press at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Hey, That's My Monster by Amanda Noll
To be published on September 1, 2016.
When Ethan looks under the bed for his monster, he finds this note instead: "So long, kid. Gotta go. Someone needs me more than you do. -Gabe" How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his monster's familiar, comforting snorts? And who could need Gabe more than Ethan does?Gabe must have gone to Ethan's little sister's room! She has been climbing out of bed every night to play, and obviously needs a monster to help her get to sleep - but not HIS monster! Ethan tries to help his sister find her own monster, but none are the perfect blend of cute and creepy. Just when it seems that Ethan will lose his monster forever, an uninvited, tutu-toting little monster full of frightening fun appears.Following in the spooky-silly tradition of I Need My Monster, here's another irresistible monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers."
This book is just plain fun. Ethan finds a note under his bed instead of his monster. He's gone to help someone else who needs a monster to stay in bed - his little sister, Emma. Ethan knows that Emma gets up at night and plays, but he doesn't want to give up his monster, Gabe, even though he's afraid of him. He needs the fear of his monster to sleep at night. Ethan is determined to find another monster for Emma, so Gabe agrees to give him 3 tries. Unfortunately it seems that no monster will be able to scare Emma into sleeping.
I love any book that takes the fear of the dark or fear of monsters and makes it into something fun instead. This book, which I didn't realize was a sequel, does just that. It gives a reason for monsters being under the bed, and makes it something necessary instead of something scary. And the illustrations and the sibling element make it even more enjoyable. I have already reserved the first book, I Need My Monster, from the library.
This book has quite a lot of words, so I'd say it's best suited for ages 3-6.
My Rating: 4 stars
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