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One night, when Ethan reaches under his bed for a toy truck, he finds this note instead: “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” Ethan is sure his parents are trying to trick him into staying under the covers, until he sees five colorful sets of eyes blinking at him from beneath the bed. Soon, a colorful parade of quirky, squeaky little monsters compete to become Ethan’s mon One night, when Ethan reaches under his bed for a toy truck, he finds this note instead: “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” Ethan is sure his parents are trying to trick him into staying under the covers, until he sees five colorful sets of eyes blinking at him from beneath the bed. Soon, a colorful parade of quirky, squeaky little monsters compete to become Ethan’s monster. But only the little green monster, Gabe, has the perfect blend of stomach-rumbling and snorting needed to get Ethan into bed and keep him there so he falls asleep—which as everyone knows, is the real reason for monsters under beds. With its perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this silly-spooky prequel to the award-winning I Need My Monster and Hey, That’s MY Monster! will keep young readers entertained.


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One night, when Ethan reaches under his bed for a toy truck, he finds this note instead: “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” Ethan is sure his parents are trying to trick him into staying under the covers, until he sees five colorful sets of eyes blinking at him from beneath the bed. Soon, a colorful parade of quirky, squeaky little monsters compete to become Ethan’s mon One night, when Ethan reaches under his bed for a toy truck, he finds this note instead: “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” Ethan is sure his parents are trying to trick him into staying under the covers, until he sees five colorful sets of eyes blinking at him from beneath the bed. Soon, a colorful parade of quirky, squeaky little monsters compete to become Ethan’s monster. But only the little green monster, Gabe, has the perfect blend of stomach-rumbling and snorting needed to get Ethan into bed and keep him there so he falls asleep—which as everyone knows, is the real reason for monsters under beds. With its perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this silly-spooky prequel to the award-winning I Need My Monster and Hey, That’s MY Monster! will keep young readers entertained.

30 review for How I Met My Monster: Recommended for classic children's picture books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I am a huge fan of the Amanda Noll/Howard McWilliam Monster books, so I just needed to read the prequel instalment. And it didn't disappoint! Here we find out how Ethan and his monster became friends. One evening he hears some creaking and a rumbling noise coming from under his bed. Then Ethan sees 5 pairs of monster eyes and overhears their conversation about Monster Rules. Now that the element of surprise is gone, the monsters get out and start looking around the room. Guess what, they aren't s I am a huge fan of the Amanda Noll/Howard McWilliam Monster books, so I just needed to read the prequel instalment. And it didn't disappoint! Here we find out how Ethan and his monster became friends. One evening he hears some creaking and a rumbling noise coming from under his bed. Then Ethan sees 5 pairs of monster eyes and overhears their conversation about Monster Rules. Now that the element of surprise is gone, the monsters get out and start looking around the room. Guess what, they aren't scary, they are cute and funny (any child will see it straightaway and fall in love with the series) and totally fail to get Ethan into bed. Well, one of them does and he is the right one for the little boy who feels entertained and comforted by the game. The playful text is coupled with delightful artwork. A lovely addition to a charming series. Thank you to Edelweiss and Flashlight Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    I think this is one of the best "monster under the bed" picture books that I've read. The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and the story is really cute. Aside from the tendency of the characters to laugh or giggle their speech (which is awkward), the writing is pretty strong, too. Recommended to readers looking for monster books that aren't too scary. Fans of Monsters, Inc. will probably really enjoy this one! Quotable moment: I think this is one of the best "monster under the bed" picture books that I've read. The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and the story is really cute. Aside from the tendency of the characters to laugh or giggle their speech (which is awkward), the writing is pretty strong, too. Recommended to readers looking for monster books that aren't too scary. Fans of Monsters, Inc. will probably really enjoy this one! Quotable moment:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    How I Met My Monster is a fabulously illustrated children’s book with a delightful and engaging plot that will catch any child’s or child at heart’s attention. Ethan overhears whispering below his bed about monster rules, only to discover 5 sets of eyes looking back at him. The monsters realize Ethan heard them, so they all come out to investigate Ethan’s room. They are cute and fun and can’t seem to get Ethan to bed…all but Ethan’s monster. How I Met My Monster is a great story I can’t wait to s How I Met My Monster is a fabulously illustrated children’s book with a delightful and engaging plot that will catch any child’s or child at heart’s attention. Ethan overhears whispering below his bed about monster rules, only to discover 5 sets of eyes looking back at him. The monsters realize Ethan heard them, so they all come out to investigate Ethan’s room. They are cute and fun and can’t seem to get Ethan to bed…all but Ethan’s monster. How I Met My Monster is a great story I can’t wait to share with my granddaughter. I received this ARC copy of How I Met My Monster from Flashlight Press -Independent Publishers Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. How I Met My Monster is set for publication November 1, 2019. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: Amanda Noll Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam Age Range: 5 - 7 years Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2 Series: I Need My Monster Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Flashlight Press ISBN-10: 194727709X ISBN-13: 978-1947277090 Genre: Children's Fiction Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Met-My-Mon... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara Alegria

    A very cute story. I love the art.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I received a copy of this book at Book Expo 2019. My 4 year old son adored it. The illustrations are fantastic and the interactions between the monsters are funny and engaging. A really fun story to read with your child!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Featured in a grandma reads session. Just like it takes time to find your best friends, it takes time to find just the right monster for you. They have to make you laugh, get you - just as you are, and they have to scare you the BEST. Really scare you. Terrify you. They are your monster and no one else's. That can take time. This story takes that time, and shows how the process works. Once you have your monster, that's when you will finally get a good night's sleep. My kiddos enjoyed this one. 3.5 Featured in a grandma reads session. Just like it takes time to find your best friends, it takes time to find just the right monster for you. They have to make you laugh, get you - just as you are, and they have to scare you the BEST. Really scare you. Terrify you. They are your monster and no one else's. That can take time. This story takes that time, and shows how the process works. Once you have your monster, that's when you will finally get a good night's sleep. My kiddos enjoyed this one. 3.5 stars, all googly-eyed, raised up to 4 stars. Cuz he's cute, in spite of the drool.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    I received an ARC of this book and read it with my son who is on the autism spectrum. He LOVED IT and gave it a thumbs up. For those like his brother who are familiar with the series, this did not disappoint. It stayed true to form and Gabe was once again the star, watch those toes 😘

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nate Schwartz

    I grabbed a ark of this book at BEA. I thought it was a amazing children's story. I grabbed a ark of this book at BEA. I thought it was a amazing children's story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marge Shaffer

    Thanks to Book Expo for this wonderful book. Love the characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Love this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    If you were following along last spring, or looked closely through my list of our favorite Halloween-y books, then you know our girls absolutely love the "Monster" series written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam! So, when Flashlight Press told me a third book is set to release 11/1, I knew we needed that one too! After all, How I Met My Monster is the story of the beginning of Gabe and Ethan's friendship -- we needed to know how it all started!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Noll and McWilliam partn If you were following along last spring, or looked closely through my list of our favorite Halloween-y books, then you know our girls absolutely love the "Monster" series written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam! So, when Flashlight Press told me a third book is set to release 11/1, I knew we needed that one too! After all, How I Met My Monster is the story of the beginning of Gabe and Ethan's friendship -- we needed to know how it all started!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Noll and McWilliam partner again to bring us back to the beginning, when Ethan is a toddler having trouble staying in bed to sleep at night. One night, while he's looking for toys to play with, he finds a note about a "monster test" happening in his room that night. He assumes his parents are trying to trick him into staying in bed... Until the monsters arrive! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ McWilliam's illustrations are always delightful. They're richly colored and full of details that children love, such as clutter, toys, and emotion. And check out the endpapers! One of our favorite games to play is "Which monster do you want to be friends with today?" where we pore over the endpapers, discuss what's appealing about various monsters, and choose one to be friends with. It never gets old, as McWilliam has drawn so many delightful monsters! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And lastly, the books in this series make amazing read alouds! Are you someone who enjoys doing different voices when you read stories out loud? I enjoy it and my husband is ridiculously good at it, so we have a lot of fun getting into character with these. My girls will even correct our voices if we read the characters in a way that doesn't match what they expect to hear or think they should sound like! As a series, I appreciate how Noll has used a lot of the same verbage and imagery throughout the books; we are comforted by the refrains that thread their way through all three (such as Ethan giggling, "No other monster can scare me like you!"). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you read these yet? Though this one doesn't release till after Halloween and the whole series is great for year-round enjoyment, October is the perfect time to crack these open and get in the Halloween-y mood!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aneesa

    Trying to collect them all (from the library).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beate

    I got this book to read to my grandson. It caught my attention because of the pictures, which were very nicely done. The story was cute too...but not necessarily for a little kid, who has not heard of monsters living under a bed...in particular ones that are going for your toes or love to put scary shadows on the wall. We grown ups might think this cute but our little ones might feel very differently...especially at night, in the dark. So, careful. You might open up a "can of worms." For now, we I got this book to read to my grandson. It caught my attention because of the pictures, which were very nicely done. The story was cute too...but not necessarily for a little kid, who has not heard of monsters living under a bed...in particular ones that are going for your toes or love to put scary shadows on the wall. We grown ups might think this cute but our little ones might feel very differently...especially at night, in the dark. So, careful. You might open up a "can of worms." For now, we will not read this story to my grandson.

  14. 4 out of 5

    michele

    A bit different than what I expected and not as good as I thought it would be but still enjoyable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a children’s picture book about a young boy and the various monsters that are auditioning / training to be “the monster under his bed”. I liked the graphics.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dinneread

    Keep the child in bed! Graawwwrr

  17. 4 out of 5

    Courtnee (MB) Anderson

    Text to Self How I Met My Monster is of course a fictional text, but many people have used this theme in everyday life. When I was younger my dad always told me that their were monsters under my bed and in my closet. He told me this with hopes that I would go to bed and not get up. It did not work the thought of their being monsters in my room made me not want to sleep in there at all. Ethan the little boy in the story actually got to meet the monster who was keeping him in bed at night. I couldn Text to Self How I Met My Monster is of course a fictional text, but many people have used this theme in everyday life. When I was younger my dad always told me that their were monsters under my bed and in my closet. He told me this with hopes that I would go to bed and not get up. It did not work the thought of their being monsters in my room made me not want to sleep in there at all. Ethan the little boy in the story actually got to meet the monster who was keeping him in bed at night. I couldn't imagine as a child if I had actually saw something. I like that I'm able to read this book as an adult and laugh at myself about all the silly stories that I used to believe in.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I have mixed feelings about this, because I wanted another monster friendship story going into it. In some ways, a friendship is still formed here, but in a way where the child is still afraid of the monster...so again, not sure how I feel. I liked it fairly well and loved the illustrations, so I'll give it 4 stars for now. I have mixed feelings about this, because I wanted another monster friendship story going into it. In some ways, a friendship is still formed here, but in a way where the child is still afraid of the monster...so again, not sure how I feel. I liked it fairly well and loved the illustrations, so I'll give it 4 stars for now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mailey/joshdub:)

    good

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie

    I'm impressed with the illustrations. The story was cute as well. A a class of monsters shows up under Ethan's bed with their teacher to instruct them on the rules of being a good monster. Each monster tries their best, but only one can truly scare Ethan back into bed! I definitely want to check out the other Monster books! I'm impressed with the illustrations. The story was cute as well. A a class of monsters shows up under Ethan's bed with their teacher to instruct them on the rules of being a good monster. Each monster tries their best, but only one can truly scare Ethan back into bed! I definitely want to check out the other Monster books!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Great story and wonderful illustrations!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book seemed so promising, but the character development just didn't make any sense. I know a lot of kids who are afraid of monsters. But frankly, that's a pretty tired trope. So I can understand why an author might want to turn that idea on its head. And I can imagine that there are kids who are not afraid of monsters, who find the idea of them exciting and fun. It's unlikely, but I can buy it. What I can't imagine is a kid who goes back and forth between being excited about stumbling on a This book seemed so promising, but the character development just didn't make any sense. I know a lot of kids who are afraid of monsters. But frankly, that's a pretty tired trope. So I can understand why an author might want to turn that idea on its head. And I can imagine that there are kids who are not afraid of monsters, who find the idea of them exciting and fun. It's unlikely, but I can buy it. What I can't imagine is a kid who goes back and forth between being excited about stumbling on a school for monsters, and then in the next heartbeat, is terrified of them, and then a second later is back to being amused and excited about them again. Which is exactly what the main character in this book does. He's totally unafraid and excited to see the monster. Oh, no, now one of them is trying to nibble his toes. He's scared! But then a moment later, he's back to being excited. You just... can't have it both ways. Either the kid is scared or he's not, but to swing back and forth wildly like this -- with no reason -- is just not plausible. Nor does it seem to serve the story in any way. Instead of dealing with something substantive and allowing the main character to have an arc, the book is pretty much pointless. No one learns anything or changes in any way. Even children's picture books need to have a character arc. Children deserve that much. And honestly, pictures books are usually great at this. It's surprising to me that this one made it through the editorial process without someone saying, why doesn't the main character behave in a believably consistent manner? Why doesn't he learn or grow in some way? It's a missed opportunity. The illustrations were well done, but somehow I never connected with them either. Not entirely sure why. I think I wanted the monsters to be quirkier. It just all felt very bland. There was nothing new or different about the style. Disappointing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    Monster fans are going to enjoy every page and maybe learn a little more about monsters along the way. Ethan is looking for a toy and runs across a strange letter. Soon, five pairs of eyes are staring back at him from underneath his bed. These are monsters—furry, cute, long-tailed, and sweet. But these monsters are there for a reason. They need to learn the rules when it comes to kids and bedtimes. One of the monsters is sure to be perfect for Ethan, but it will take a bit of testing to find out Monster fans are going to enjoy every page and maybe learn a little more about monsters along the way. Ethan is looking for a toy and runs across a strange letter. Soon, five pairs of eyes are staring back at him from underneath his bed. These are monsters—furry, cute, long-tailed, and sweet. But these monsters are there for a reason. They need to learn the rules when it comes to kids and bedtimes. One of the monsters is sure to be perfect for Ethan, but it will take a bit of testing to find out which one it will be. This reminded me a bit of Monsters Inc. but with a sweeter vibe. Ethan finds having monsters under his bed and in his room a little surprising, but he takes it all in stride and enjoys the fun. The monster rules seem sensible, but lead to funny situations and make it clear that finding the perfect monster-kid match isn't always easy. The monsters each bring their own personality and charm, and when Ethan and his monster are finally paired, it's simply heart-warming. Even if it might mean a little bit of a scare along the way. The illustrations are super fun to gaze through. Each monster is portrayed uniquely and holds enough emotions to make them easy to like/love. There are little details to bring the pictures to life as they follow the tale and help the humor and friendship grow more vivid with each page. It's simply a cute story young listeners are sure to enjoy. I received a complimentary copy and found this book so lovey that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn (Dragon Bite Books)

    Review originally published on my blog, Nine Pages . This is the third in a series of books but the first one that I have read thoroughly enough to write a review. The illustrations in this are so wonderfully saturated and detailed and fun. This book reminds me somewhat of Monsters, Inc with its concept of monsters learning the rules for haunting a child at night. These monsters don’t seek the child’s terror, though. Instead their goal is to keep the child in bed until they are asleep, an aid Review originally published on my blog, Nine Pages . This is the third in a series of books but the first one that I have read thoroughly enough to write a review. The illustrations in this are so wonderfully saturated and detailed and fun. This book reminds me somewhat of Monsters, Inc with its concept of monsters learning the rules for haunting a child at night. These monsters don’t seek the child’s terror, though. Instead their goal is to keep the child in bed until they are asleep, an aid not a trial for parents. A class of small monsters and their teacher emerge from beneath a boy’s bed and try to frighten him into bed, but the boy doesn’t find them particularly scary, mostly funny, though one, Gabe, is kind of awesome and just a little scary with his long claws, gurgling stomach, and feigned penchant for human toes. The boy enjoys being just a little scared though. The book ends with Gabe proclaiming that this seems like “the beginning of a beautiful friendship” and an illustration of Gabe curled up beneath the boy’s bed, looking like an overlarge canine or feline. This was just the right length for my group of three littles at story time. Anything longer would have been too much. They enjoyed counting the eyes under the bed and shouting out the colors of the monsters. They wanted the monsters names sooner than the story supplied them though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shay

    A little boy finds a note under his bed. The note read "all monsters meet here for testing." The little boy couldn't believe it! His parents must be playing a trick! he doesn't believe in monsters. Soon the little boy hears noises, then sees glowing eyes under the bed, then he hears voices. Soon as he knows it a group of monsters comes out from under the bed! The little boy wasn't scared, the monsters were pretty friendly. The little boy discovers that the monsters were in training to be his ver A little boy finds a note under his bed. The note read "all monsters meet here for testing." The little boy couldn't believe it! His parents must be playing a trick! he doesn't believe in monsters. Soon the little boy hears noises, then sees glowing eyes under the bed, then he hears voices. Soon as he knows it a group of monsters comes out from under the bed! The little boy wasn't scared, the monsters were pretty friendly. The little boy discovers that the monsters were in training to be his very own monster under the bed! To find the perfect monster the little boy helps the monsters go through training. Which monster will be the right monster for the little boy? Will any of the monsters be able to scare him? I gave this book four stars because it was a well written entertaining story that I really enjoyed. I did not give this book five stores because it was really long for its recommended audience and at times I found it hard to keep reading. This is not to say this book would not be a great book for children! Although this is true, I would say that this book is best for experienced well-practiced reards, if not read by an adult.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jared White

    I'm not sure who or what this is for. For kids who like to be scared? For parents who don't want their kids getting out of bed at night? As someone with an overactive imagination who was haunted by multiple monsters when I was a child (among them one who would behead me if too much of my body was exposed outside my bedding), I can say I'm not a fan of this and be caution you to be careful what children you read it to. We lived in Nigeria when I was scared of the above monster. The power often wen I'm not sure who or what this is for. For kids who like to be scared? For parents who don't want their kids getting out of bed at night? As someone with an overactive imagination who was haunted by multiple monsters when I was a child (among them one who would behead me if too much of my body was exposed outside my bedding), I can say I'm not a fan of this and be caution you to be careful what children you read it to. We lived in Nigeria when I was scared of the above monster. The power often went off and it was HOT. Being so terrified of a monster I couldn't take my bedding off wasn't comfortable...so don't make your kid miserable. I got this as a possibility for my Friendly Monster Storytime and will definitely not be using it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” A boy finds this mysterious note under his bed. Thinking it’s a trick from his parents, he continues playing with this trucks when he should be in bed. But then hears voices and stomach rumblings and he sees eyes. There really are monsters under his bed. And they are in the middle of a class on how to be a monster. The teacher is walking the monsters through the 5 Monster rules. They have already broken the first 2: they didn’t maintain the element of surpris “Monsters! Meet here for final test.” A boy finds this mysterious note under his bed. Thinking it’s a trick from his parents, he continues playing with this trucks when he should be in bed. But then hears voices and stomach rumblings and he sees eyes. There really are monsters under his bed. And they are in the middle of a class on how to be a monster. The teacher is walking the monsters through the 5 Monster rules. They have already broken the first 2: they didn’t maintain the element of surprise AND they are blocking the bed. Now, it’s practicum time: with the boy out of bed, it’s up to the monsters to try to get him back into bed. But which one will be up to the task? Cute illustrations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Evans

    Ethan gets roped into a world of monster training as a group of monsters try to pass their final tests to be official. We see each candidate try to scare Ethan according to their class's rules as they weed themselves out. It's a playful take on having a monster since Ethan is so involved. His facial expressions are often excited even though the text tells us that he's scared, so this book wouldn't work as well with a large group. There are also several mysteries that aren't explained here, and t Ethan gets roped into a world of monster training as a group of monsters try to pass their final tests to be official. We see each candidate try to scare Ethan according to their class's rules as they weed themselves out. It's a playful take on having a monster since Ethan is so involved. His facial expressions are often excited even though the text tells us that he's scared, so this book wouldn't work as well with a large group. There are also several mysteries that aren't explained here, and that felt like an oversight. For: monster fans; readers wanting a playful book. Possible red flags: feeling scared/characters in "peril."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    What an adorable story. Which monster can keep this little boy in bed and keep him there until he's asleep? Only the right monster will do. There are attempts and there are failures but Gabe is the only one to get things right. Even after trucks, snacks and midnight escapes, Gabe finds a way to get him back in bed. He's definitely the right monster for this little one. I loved the pictures the best. They are so bright and bold. From really green ooze to red eyes and fun stars, the images just mad What an adorable story. Which monster can keep this little boy in bed and keep him there until he's asleep? Only the right monster will do. There are attempts and there are failures but Gabe is the only one to get things right. Even after trucks, snacks and midnight escapes, Gabe finds a way to get him back in bed. He's definitely the right monster for this little one. I loved the pictures the best. They are so bright and bold. From really green ooze to red eyes and fun stars, the images just made the story come alive. Can't wait to read this one to my grandson.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    How I met my Monster By Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliams read by Nancy Cartwright Nancy brought to life by the vocal range of her as a reader on the Storyline online website, this book captivated the 2nd grade I taught today. The simple story of auditions to create the best monster for an young boy is dynamically changed by the over all voice quality of the reader. The pictures and text are amazingly innocent creating a cross over of monsters Inc and how I met your mother qualities. Great book.

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