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Howard and the monster under his bed decide on a plan to convince their mothers that both of them have reason to be afraid after dark.
During his first night in his new home, Howard is fearful of a monster he thinks is under the bed. His mother assures him there is none, and leaves. Meanwhile, under the bed, Monster's mother is reassuring him that there are no such things as boys, one of whom he is certain is on top of his bed. She tucks him in and leaves. After several similar confrontations, the exasperated mothers have had it, so the boy and the monster must deal with each other directly. Conquering their fears, each has a moment of hysterical laughter over the idea that he might eat the other. Then they hatch a terrific plan, trading places on the bed and calling upon their mothers one last time. Readers are left to guess how the mothers will react. The versatile Lewin works in flowing watercolors, a loose style that makes the overlap between the boy's and monster's worlds completely acceptable and intensifies the story's humor. This tautly told story in which two stern mothers get their comeuppances is irresistible.
Posted June 9, 2008
This classic is very enjoyable for all ages. It looks deeper into fear for kids, and helps them see that sometimes, even the things bigger than they are can be afraid. It's and awesome story that also influenced John Mayer's song 'No Such Thing', which is all about getting out of high school and into the real world, but not being afraid to do so because in the end, 'there is nothign to fear bt fear itself'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.