No Such Thingby Jackie French Koller, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
There is no such thing as a monster, and certainly no such thing as a monster under the bed. That's what Howard's mother tells him. There is no such thing as a boy, and certainly no such thing as a boy on top of a bed. That's what Monster's mother tells him. But no matter what their mothers say, Howard and Monster remain afraid of the dark . . . until one spooky
There is no such thing as a monster, and certainly no such thing as a monster under the bed. That's what Howard's mother tells him. There is no such thing as a boy, and certainly no such thing as a boy on top of a bed. That's what Monster's mother tells him. But no matter what their mothers say, Howard and Monster remain afraid of the dark . . . until one spooky night when both face their deepest fears. Jackie French Koller and Betsy Lewin have created a "monster-under-the-bed" story that offers the perfect cure for fear of the darklaughter!
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.
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- 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
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- 5 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Jackie French Koller is the author of well over 30 books for children, including Peter Spit a Seed at Sue picture book, the Dragonling chapter books, and several award-winning novels. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and Labrador retriever.
Betsy Lewin has illustrated many books for children, including three by David L. Harrison: Somebody Catch My Homework, The Boy Who Counted Stars, and A Thousand Cousins. Booby Hatch was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, which she wrote as well as illustrated. Betsy lives with her husband, illustrator and author Ted Lewin, in Brooklyn, New York.
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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'.