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
GenrePicture book
PublisherFlashlight Press
Publication date
Media typePrint
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.


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]


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.


  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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