There Are Monsters Everywhere

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Overview

What kid doesn't suspect that there are monsters lurking under the bed, behind the shower curtain, in the basement, and even outside by the garbage cans? Mercer Mayer brilliantly and hilariously captures this classic childhood fear—and conquers it! Kids will cheer as the young hero of the story takes matters into his own hands by learning karate. Soon he has the monsters running scared!

There's a Nightmare in My Closet and its two terrific sequels are cherished favorites that ...

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Overview

What kid doesn't suspect that there are monsters lurking under the bed, behind the shower curtain, in the basement, and even outside by the garbage cans? Mercer Mayer brilliantly and hilariously captures this classic childhood fear—and conquers it! Kids will cheer as the young hero of the story takes matters into his own hands by learning karate. Soon he has the monsters running scared!

There's a Nightmare in My Closet and its two terrific sequels are cherished favorites that have amused millions of readers, and continue selling year after year. Now Mercer Mayer has created a fresh new story and fabulous illustrations that will thrill and empower kids, a story that taps into a universal experience but with a super satisfying, karate twist!

A boy who is certain that his house is filled with monsters takes a karate class in order to vanquish them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mercer Mayer, creator of There's a Nightmare in My Closet and There's an Alligator Under My Bed now suggests There Are Monsters Everywhere. The boy narrator far prefers flying a kite outside with his dog: "There were monsters everywhere in my house," he begins, although they hide when Mom's around, and Dad insists there aren't any. Mayer's full-page and spot illustrations of finely outlined striped and polka-dotted beasts hiding by the trash cans and behind the shower curtain substantiate the boy's fears-until he takes karate classes and comes to his own defense. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mayer's monster is back and he has his friends with him. They are everywhere; hiding behind doors, standing just the other side of the shower curtain, sitting on the bottom bunk bed, and hanging out by the garbage cans. These monsters are clever. Mom and Dad are totally fooled; they do not believe there are monsters anywhere. The young boy must take matters into his own hands. He discovers Karate and his parents agree that he can take classes. He learns a lot of scary moves and even breaks a board with his bare hand. Watch out, Monsters! The boy practices his karate yell and kick when he takes out the garbage. He does karate punches in the shower, and he walks right down the basement stairs to put the monsters there on notice. The monsters are properly frightened. Now they are the ones on the run. Mayer's signature illustrations feature monsters of various sizes, colors, and designs. One of the largest is wearing braces. They all exhibit adolescent behaviors in their efforts to annoy the boy and hide from the parents. A good basis for discussing ways to overcome fears. 2005, Dial, Ages 4 to 9.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A boy laments the many monsters everywhere he goes-his mom and dad can't see them, but he just knows they're there. They lurk nearby when he takes the trash out in the evening, on the other side of the curtain when he's taking a shower, and all over his room at night. (Thank goodness they're afraid of ladders and he sleeps on the top bunk.) When he sees a sign for karate classes, he decides it's time to learn some fancy moves and overcome his fears. Though the story is hardly groundbreaking, it is an accurate and humorous reflection of childhood concerns. Mayer's trademark cartoon style is well suited to the bevy of silly and scary monsters that skulk around corners and cower in terror before a child gains confidence and takes charge.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803706217
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 438,080
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating books for children for more than forty years. His most recognized character, the loveable and charismatic Little Critter®, was born in 1975 in the book just for you. Mercer’s Litter Critter has since starred in more than two hundred books, which have sold fifty million copies. Born in Arkansas, Mercer now lives in Connecticut with his family. You can visit Little Critter online at www.littlecritter.com.
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Interviews & Essays

Q&A with author and illustrator Mercer Mayer

Why did you decide to become a children's book illustrator?
It gave me the freedom to create many different themes.

Do your stories begin as a set of images or as a story?
Sometimes images come first and other times I just begin to write.

Are any of your characters based on you or your family?
Of course - everything comes out of my life experiences and the things and people that surround me. Every story, every character has something in it that I've really experienced.

Do you get any of your ideas for books from kids who write to you?
I get ideas from everywhere.

What is your favorite medium when illustrating?
For years it was pen, ink and watercolor. But for the last 10 years it has been the computer.

What was your favorite book as a child?
The Tales of Uncle Wiggly.

What advice do you have for beginning illustrators?
First, learn the technique of contour drawing. Then learn to draw like Rembrandt. After that, everything is possible.

What adjectives would you use to describe There Are Monsters Everywhere?
Colorful and confidence-building.

Life motto?
The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.

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    My daughter loves this story because we like to play I Spy along with reading the story. Mercer Mayer's illustrations are so beautiful and intricate it keeps the little eyss busy.

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