I love monster books that play with traditional beliefs, and today’s book challenges the “monster under the bed.”
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Publisher: Flashlight Press, 2009
Source: Personal Collection
Ethan has a problem. The monster under his bed has gone on a fishing trip, and Ethan has no idea how he’ll get to sleep without it. Substitute monsters try to help out, but none of them is quite right. Will Ethan’s monster ever return and help him back to sleep?
The monsters in this book are simply hysterical. I love reading this book aloud, using all different voices for the characters, and students always find it funny. The illustrations are bright and have the perfect mixture of slightly spooky and comical. Even the sketchy end-papers are worth checking out a little more closely. This is the perfect Halloween read-aloud!
For more information:
Check out the online pdf of I Need My Monster here!
I know every teacher sometimes needs a little break on a tough day or a quick filler activity. Here you can have I Need My Monster read aloud to your students!
Which of the substitute monsters is your favorite? I love Mack – and my students often do, as well!