I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, Illustrated by Howard McWilliams

I Need My MonsterSuch a gorgeous picture book!  Last year Amanda at A Patchwork of Books was so enthusiastic about this book that I just knew I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliams was something special long before I got my hands on it.

Ethan can’t go to sleep properly.  Not when his resident under the bed monster, Gabe, has gone on a week-long fishing vacation.  How would he ever go to sleep without Gabe’s familiar scary noises and his spooky green ooze?  He  missed his ragged breathing, his nose-whistling, and the scrabbling of his uncut claws.  Luckily, he has a substitute monster appear under his bed.  Unluckily, his panting wasn’t scary enough and he didn’t have claws.  A second, third and fourth monster arrive but upon inspection none are as scary as Gabe and quickly dismissed.

Was I being too picky? NO.

I knew that my monster needed to be well-clawed and 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.

My boys love the monsters and are quick to fall into a fit of giggles over one particularly monster with a rather large tongue.  I was a bit worried that my boys would be scared of monsters under the bed but no fear, it’s an adorable story of a rather unique friendship.  Almost makes me wish I had my own monster under the bed.

A perfect read-a-loud book and illustrations to drool over.  Seriously gorgeous illustrations.  Highly recommend that you pick I Need My Monster up.  It’s a beautifully spooky book full of monsterly fun!

Links of interest: Amanda Noll websitemore book blogger reviews.
Genre: Fiction Picture Book, approx age 4-8.
Publisher: Flashlight Press.  April 1, 2009.
Hardcover, 32 pages. ISBN 0979974623
Source: Review copy for 2009 Cybil’s nomination for which I was a panelist.
I Need My Monster is available from your favorite independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.


  1. How neat. I literally just added this book recently to my wish list when I stumbled upon it for Oct reads. I just love the beautiful colors on the cover and of course it’s about a monster.

    on October 15th, 2010 at 5:56 pm
  2. My kids LOVE this book. We got it last year, and I was worried that they (then 3 and 1) would be frightened, but it was only giggles and more giggles. It’s in our Halloween/fall/generally spooky book basket right now. :)

    on October 16th, 2010 at 7:44 am
  3. It sounds like the point of the book is to make kids not be afraid. If the cover is any indication, the book is gorgeous!

    on October 16th, 2010 at 8:32 am
  4. We just picked this one up from the library yesterday! I can’t wait to read it to the boys!

    on October 18th, 2010 at 7:49 am
  5. [...] Check out the full review here. [...]

    on October 20th, 2010 at 6:12 am
  6. Thanks for the great review. We posted a link to your review from the Flashlight Blog.

    on October 20th, 2010 at 6:17 am

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