A Child's Guide to Common Household Monsters


What's a girl to do when she realizes her house is full of monsters? She befriends them! This humorous and slightly spooky story in rhyme will delight any child who has ever suspected that monsters are roaming around the house.

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What's a girl to do when she realizes her house is full of monsters? She befriends them! This humorous and slightly spooky story in rhyme will delight any child who has ever suspected that monsters are roaming around the house.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
We all know they are there…hiding under the bed, in the closet, down in the basement…monsters waiting for our parents to leave and turn out the lights. Join our intrepid heroine (and her scaredy cat) as she ventures into their lairs to flush them out. What she discovers is that monsters are more afraid of each other and of her than she is of them. So, she befriends them, with some amusing consequences. This simple little story is told in spare, rhyming text that is printed at the edge of beautiful full-spread and color-saturated pastel drawings in night-time shades of blues and purples. Occasionally, you have to turn the book sideways to get the right perspective, and this adds to the fun. The expressions on the face of the little girl, her cat and the frightened monsters are wonderfully evocative. This is a book that will delight children both visually and aurally. Hopefully, we will see more picture books from both Thach and Udovic. This would be a great resource for parents to use in dealing with night scares or for teachers or counselors to use as a support for confronting fears. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
There's a touch of humor and an air of mystery in this aid for dealing with the monsters a young girl is sure abound in her house—and perhaps in yours. Rhymed couplets introduce those strange sounds and weird creatures that must be under the bed, lurking in the closet, and hiding from the monster in the attic who fears the one in the basement. As our heroine seeks out the monsters, they all join her search. The text moves high and low, with some pages making us turn the book, until finally all arrive at the basement for the surprise ending. Udovic tries to create a visual shiver of fear in scenes on a narrow staircase or in a flashlit bedroom. But the alleged monsters, even the multi-armed basement dweller everyone fears, are all so basically comic in their pastel hues and gawky poses that we aren't frightened. Our feisty heroine and her cat companion seem real enough amid the fun of the chase.
Kirkus Reviews
Yup-it's another book about a little girl making friends with the monsters who inhabit her house. One's under the bed, of course. Another's in the closet, as usual. Like the cellar and attic monsters, these two are more cute and colorful than scary. The rhyming text flows smoothly as it follows the girl and her cat from room to room, enumerating the monsters' quirks and explaining why each chooses to live in a certain spot . . . each is hiding from another monster in or under the house. Attractive double-page spreads, several of which require rotating the book to view it vertically, appear to be executed in oil pastels. The varying perspectives and unusual angles help to freshen this take on a perennially popular topic, but some readers may still wonder whether the world needs yet another monster story. The answer, of course, depends on the listeners. Many of them will likely enjoy this mild adventure once, but few are likely to demand repeated readings. Don't worry, though; there's bound to be another like it coming out soon. Fun but forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932425581
  • Publisher: Front Street, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Udovic received a BFA in painting with a minor in sculpture from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He has also provided numerous illustrations for children's magazines. Aunt Matilda's Almost-Boring Party is his third picture book. He lives in New Jersey.

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