We love monsters in this house. Why, he calls for a substitute! Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book! But I enjoyed it thoroughly. The end result is a charming story that most kids will find funny and not the least bit scary. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. From I Need My Monster is a very funny book your kids will love! In 2005, Howard left his work as a magazine editor and journalist to concentrate on his growing career as a cartoonist and illustrator.
Monster Gabe went fishing and someone needs to replace him! Young Ethan discovers that the monster under his bed, Gabe, has gone fishing for a week, and the young boy is upset. The story is a wonderful one, where a little boy has a monster under his bed. Oh, wait, did I say lovable and huggable? The poor little boy cannot sleep without his monster--all the familiar friendship and comfort of his ooozy slime and ragged breathing and his long, sharp claws. How was Ethan supposed to stay in bed if he didn't have a monster scary enough to keep him in it?? Substitute monsters apply, but none passes inspection. For younger grades, such as Kinder and First, I would provide a worksheet to students with appropriate descriptive words that they could use to describe the various parts and actions of their monster. She's a girl monster hiding under the bed of a little boy, people.
This book is a keeper for our bookshelf! I myself really enjoyed it! I Need My Monster is a unique monster-under-the-bed story for all monster-loving kids. On one hand it is awesome that Ethan needs his friend who is so different from him. This wonderfully illustrated but it's kind of problematic. Ethan has been told by his monster under his bed, Gabe, that he has gone fishing. It was lots of fun. Any potential scariness in the text and art is offset by the silly details that are included, making for a fun nighttime read for those who enjoy a bit of shiver as they are tucked in to bed.
I would use this if a child was getting bullied for their fears because each person has a set of fears that is unique to them. I love it, especially for the subject. The monster voices are slurpy, silly, giggly, deep and just fun to make! Maybe it was just me but I did not see any way to enlarge the very tiny font size for reading on the Kindle Fire. From …a fun and unusual premise, and the pictures match perfectly. Great mini-lesson to supplement your writing program! But I enjoyed it thoroughly.
This is such an important message that I have read and reread it. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. The story is easy to follow and will keep little ones on their toes! This is the perfect bed time story that your child will want to read night after night. And yes, someday I hope to adapt it into a full stage show with puppets. A series of monsters appears, each one missing one of the important qualities Ethan needs. As we read, we can could hold up each of our monsters and see how they match up. Gender does not define our capabilities for anything.
The audience this book is geared towards would include boys and girls in kindergarten through second grade. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. After rejecting five monsters, Ethan was about to give up. What to make with pipe cleaners, pom poms, craft sticks and googly eyes? You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. My only problem with the story is at one point it says only boys get boy monsters and girls get girl monsters.
It gives the monster a positive purpose because the monster keeps the child out of trouble at night. It reads aloud well and offers readers a great range of voices and sound effects. I'm keeping one copy on the nightstand, and one under the bed! Part of me really wanted to like this book, but the other part of me kept thinking it was really too twisted. I won't spoil the ending, but it's sure to send your kiddos off to LaLa Land with a smile on their faces. I couldn't help but smile as I took photo after photo as she read aloud and her big brother and three little sisters cuddled in together on our big couch, listening and laughing and pointing. Wait, isn't that a good thing? After marrying her college sweetheart, she began working in the purchasing division of a private university which was ironic, since she despises shopping.
Although polite, Ethan turns down several monsters who would really like to sub in for Gabe. 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 child's love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child's imagination. This is a great book that celebrates unconventional friendships and loyalty. When other monsters try to fill-in, it's perfectly clear that no one but Gabe will truly do! The creativity and possibilities are endless in these drawings. I love the little boy's expressions.