I Need My Monster

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I Need My Monster
I Need My Monster.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorAmanda Noll
IllustratorHoward McWilliam
CountryUnited States of America
LanguageEnglish
GenrePicture book
PublisherFlashlight Press
Publication date
2009
Media typePrint
ISBN0979974623
OCLC828197787
Followed byHey, That's MY Monster! 

I Need My Monster is a picture book written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam, and published by Flashlight Press. Since its publication in 2009, I Need My Monster has been translated into Korean, German, Hebrew, Ukrainian, and Chinese. Scholastic Book Club has published a paperback edition.[1][2]

In 2013, Pony Tale produced an interactive I Need My Monster app.[3][4]

In 2014, Storyline Online (the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website) filmed Rita Moreno of West Side Story fame reading I Need My Monster.

Synopsis[edit]

Ethan is used to sleeping with his favorite monster under his bed. One night, checking under the bed, he finds a note instead:

"Gone fishing. Back in a week. –Gabe"

Ethan finds other monsters who appear under the bed, but none are just like the one that helps him sleep. He wants his own monster back.[5]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Hey, That's MY Monster!, was published in 2016. In this book, Ethan tries to find a monster scary enough to keep his little sister in bed until she falls asleep.

In 2017, Storyline Online (the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website) filmed Lily Tomlin reading Hey, That's MY Monster!

Awards and honors[edit]

I Need My Monster is the winner of five state awards:

  • Alabama Camellia Award (2010–11),[6]
  • Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award (2011),[7]
  • California Young Readers Medal (2011–12),[8]
  • Georgia Picture Storybook Award (2011–12),[9] and the
  • Nevada Young Reader Award (2011–12)[10]

In addition, I Need My Monster was listed on the following national award lists:

  • Mississippi Magnolia Children's Choice Award list (2012–13),[11]
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award (2011–12) 2nd-place,[12]
  • South Dakota Prairie Bud Award (2011–12) 3rd-place
  • Virginia Reader's Choice Award Primary list (2012–13)
  • Washington Children's Choice Book Award (2010-2011) 2nd-place[13]
  • Wyoming Buckaroo Award (2011–12) 2nd runner-up,[14]
  • Iowa Regional Goldfinch Award (2009–10) winner,[15]
  • Storytelling World Award Honor Book (2010),[16]
  • Indie Next Kids' Pick (Summer 2009),
  • NSW Premier Reading Challenge Book in Australia,[17] and
  • Scholastic Book Club Selection

Critical reception[edit]

I Need My Monster has generally received positive reviews from critics.[18][19][20][21][22] Booklist stated, "The entire effort strikes a nice balance between creepy and comforting, but especially endearing is Gabe’s early return home..."[23] "Kirkus Reviews[24] called it "an unusually well-done debut."

Artwork from I Need My Monster was showcased in "Sendak & Co.: Children's Book Illustrations Since Where the Wild Things Are," an exhibit at the Appleton Museum of Art.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll". Scholastic.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  2. ^ "Eifo Hamifletzet Sheli?". Judaism.com.
  3. ^ "I Need My Monster - An Exciting Way to start the New Year!". Top Educational Apps.
  4. ^ Bircher, Katie. "I Need My Monster book app review". The Horn Book, February 2013.
  5. ^ ""Teacher-Selected Books by Grade Level: I Need My Monster" ''Reading to Kids''". Readingtokids.org. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  6. ^ Alabama Camellia Award (2010-11)
  7. ^ "Previous Winners - Grand Canyon Reader Awards". Grandcanyonreaderaward.org. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  8. ^ "CYRM Nominees 2011-2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Nevada Library Association". Nevadalibraries.org. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  11. ^ Magnolia Award 2013 Nominees
  12. ^ Golden Sower Award 2011-2012 Nominees[dead link]
  13. ^ "childrenschoiceaward - 2011 Nominees". Childrenschoiceaward.wikispaces.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  14. ^ "Buckaroo Book Award Book Lists : Campbell County Public Library System : Gillette and Wright WY". Ccpls.org. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  15. ^ Area Education Agency 267. "Area Education Agency 267". Awards.iasl.iowapages.org. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  16. ^ "2010 Storytelling World Resource Awards". Storytellingworld.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  17. ^ "NSW Premier's Book Challenge: Book list". Products.schools.nsw.edu.au. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  18. ^ "I Need My Monster". Children's Books Heal
  19. ^ "I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll Illustrated by Howard McWilliam" Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. Bookscoops.
  20. ^ "Accept No Substitute: I Need My Monster". Just One More Book!
  21. ^ "I Need My Monster". Bookverdict.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  22. ^ "I Need My Monster". Publisher's Weekly.
  23. ^ "I Need My Monster, by Amanda Noll". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  24. ^ Pouroulis, Anita. "I NEED MY MONSTER by Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliam | Kirkus". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20.

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