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Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  728 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Alone in his room, Jeremy draws amonster. But then themonster wants lunch! As his creation takes over, Jeremy begins to wonder how he will ever get rid of themonstrous nuisance.He entertains his unwanted guest all day, but enough is enough. Jeremy finally draws him a bus ticket out of town!

With a sure artistic touch and more than a dose of humor, Peter McCarty cleverly blu
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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I want you to know, friends, that I almost got in a fist fight with a co-worker over this book, because she LOVES Jeremy Draws a Monster, she honest to God gets weak in the knees when she thinks about it, and I really really really didn’t like it at all, and while the situation did not end in a tense dance-off with snapping fingers and gang members and whatnot, it was close.

I just… I don’t understand the appeal of this book. I don’t know what I am supposed to get out of it.

Help me understand,
Although many (many) celebrities might beg to differ, writing children’s books is hard work. Limited vocabulary and limited space add to the difficulty of creating a story that (and this is the biggest challenge of all) will resonate with youngsters who are just learning how to read. There are scores of contrived, dull picture books that stand as a testament to the challenges of the medium. But occasionally, a picture book comes along that is so wonderfully pure that it makes you understand why ...more
Jeremy never leaves the house and never plays with the other kids in the neighborhood. One day, he draws a monster who ends up being very demanding and Jeremy finds himself drawing up everything the monster wants!

Reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon and I enjoyed the illustrations which I found to be very "pretty." (strange that I felt I had to put that in "quotes" so it wouldn't be misconstrued as an insult?)

While I gave it only two stars but I can't really pinpoint what I didn't like a
This story started off great--a little boy who doesn't really leave his apartment wants some company and he draws a monster; well, it comes to life and starts making demands! As another reviewer so astutely noted, it's like "Harold and the Purple Crayon" meets "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

But, ultimately, I just wanted more from the ending. What conclusion do we make about imagination? Was the monster in some way representative of the boy's behavior which he has now changed? I wasn't quite sati
Jeremy draws a monster that comes to life. Rather than being scary, the monster is annoying, constantly making demands and behaving inconsiderately. Fed up, the boy draws it a suitcase and bus ticket and sends it out of town.

If my paper copy didn't say 2009 I would think that was an error, because I'm positive I read the same story (with different illustrations) a few years ago.

Entertaining, but there are better drawings-coming-to-life picture books out there.
Maria Andrade
In this story we are introduced to Jeremy an insecure and timid boy who stays in his room drawing all alone. One day he takes out his fancy pen and draws a monster that comes to life. However, Jeremy had no idea how bossy and demanding the monster was. How will Jeremy be able to get rid of this monster of a problem? This book would be great with kids in kindergarten through second grade. In the beginning of the story Jeremy is a very socially awkward and timid kid, who is afraid to play with the ...more
Kevin Doyle
May 31, 2014 Kevin Doyle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys or girls, age 4 or older, especially artistic kids or parents
This picture book has all the little elements in it that I dig:

Funny, creative, high-quality writing. Meaning that all the words fit, the right words are used in the right spots and nothing is out of place.

Brilliant, quirky, whimsical art with interesting shapes and colors. Jeremy's monster is gruff and rude but he still looks cool. And I loved how Jeremy slyly figured out to get rid of this annoying pest.

The inside front cover of the book and the inside back cover are both covered with neat d
Feb 25, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2014, art, childrens, monsters
We recently read The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty. The title alone told us that we were missing something and we would've understood the concept of the story a bit better had we read this book first. But nope, we had to go and read them in reverse order.

Still, the story is entertaining and has a Harold and the Purple Crayon-kind of feel to it, only with a monster. We enjoyed reading this book together.

My husband and I will pick up any book with monsters. Judging this by it's cover, we figured we were in for a treat.

But we just didn't get it?

It starts of with Jeremy alone in his room wistfully looking outside at the other neighborhood children playing. But instead of going to join them, he draws a monster. Monster is super demanding ("Draw me a sandwich! I'm hungry!") and finally Jeremy has enough...and draws the monster a bus ticket, which the monster uses to leave town.

The end.

What? It ended
Ryan Rotuna
Jeremy never went out. Instead of going out, he draws a monster - and what a monster that monster becomes. The artwork of this story is wonderful and unique. It is a huge part o the story as well (without giving too much away, of course). Check this book out if you have a child that needs to socialize with other little ones. You'll be happy you did!
Yahira Romero
This book is about a child who never leaves his house. One day he decided to draw a monster, well the monster turned out to be demanding and annoying. Jeremy got feed up and drew the monster a bus ticket and suite case. Jeremy took the monster to the bus stop and put him n the bus. When Jeremy was going home friends called him to play and that was all.
Kristen Collins
Not a terrible book, but not a great one. It was like Harold and the Purple crayon, but with less adventure and creativity. I really wished that the monster would've done more than just be rude or demanding. Not only that, but he simply left on a bus with no fuss. Something was just missing here. It's a cute idea though.
Cari Mcintyre
The book "Jeremy Draws a Monster" written and illustrated by Peter McCarty follows the story of a little boy named Jeremy who sits alone in his room all day drawing while other kids are playing outside. One day, he decides to draw a monster who takes over his life. The monster forces Jeremy to keep drawing all sorts of things to keep the monster occupied. Finally, Jeremy has enough and draws the monster out of his life to go join in with the other kids. This story seems to be a departure for McC ...more
I purchased this book because a teacher recommended it to a parent whose child has some anxiety issues (and I think a fear of monsters). I think it's a great story of child-empowerment - Jeremy's kinda sorta managing life by avoiding it, but anxiety nevertheless grows in the shape of a monster that he himself creates. Then he deals with the monster - he doesn't fight it or destroy it, just sends it packing. Simple but profound (and nicely nonviolent) - and a good discussion starter for an anxiou ...more
Sarah Sammis
For as long as Sean has been drawing, he has been drawing monsters. Sure, he draws other subjects too, but monsters are his favorite creative pass-time. So when I saw Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty among the Cybils nominees, I had to check out a copy for my son to read.

As the title says, Jeremy draws a monster. In fact Jeremy spends most of his time alone in his room drawing like Chloe does in "Fear Her" (Doctor Who, Tenth Doctor, Season 2, episode 11). And like Chloe, his drawings star
This book would make a PERFECT graduation present. High school graduate. College graduate. I REALLY do no think 3-year-olds grasp the concepts in this book - but, a new graduate? Might.
Janina Rossiter
The illustration style of this book is really cool and neat! I find it extremely creative and the story about jeremy and the monster is unique and weird at the same time. Good job!
Go out and socialize otherwise when you draw a monster it will become real and annoy you. Um... okay.
Loved all of the fines lines and the bright colors against the white background.
Sarah Milner
My kiddo loved reading this one. She could almost do it on her own, which brings about such pride. The story is adorable, and the artwork is really cool. As with most kid books that are short & sweet, I'm glad it was a library book and not one I shelled $17 out for.
Alicia Scully
Jeremy is the kind of kids that prefers to stay indoors and entertain himself. He isn't really worried about the other kids around. One day, he decides to draw a monster and he finds that the monster is a little high maintenance. Soon Jeremy is questioning whether or not having a sketched monster for a friend is a good idea.

The illustrations were cute and the idea was interesting, but I really wasn't sure about the message or the point of the ending. I think that the book has other related book
Monsters and a magic pen bring to life Peter McCarty's "Jeremy Draws a Monster". the book begins with an illustration of Jeremy looking out his window from the third floor. He's looking at children playing while holding a pen and surrounded by a table, more pens and drawings. The fantasy begins when Jeremy decides to use his magic pen. However, the results are disastrous. It turns into a good vs evil while still playing within the rules of the magic pen. I enjoyed the subtle message that monster ...more
Brenna McEvitt
This book reminded me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Jeremy draws a monster, who he initially has fun with, but grows to dislike as the monster demands he draw him more and more things. Jeremy learns to seek out real friends instead of playing by himself and his drawings. This book can be used to teach a lesson about friendship or imagination. For older students, they could create their own versions of this book and the adventures the monster would take them on. This book was nominated for the ...more
John Sullivan
Jeremy Draws a Monster is a fun book about a boy who draws a monster, but then can't get rid of him. The monster wants a toaster, a record player, a comfortable chair, a checkerboard, a T.V., and more! He is a pain for Jeremy, so the boy devises a plan to trick the monster in to leaving. The writing and illustrations in this book are high quality and work well together to tell the story. After reading this book, I wanted to read McCarty's other work, so I think students would benefit from readin ...more
Positively reviewed. (

Jeremy is a surprisingly reclusive young fellow who draws a monster, which comes to life and turns out to be a very demanding creature. He has many desires and requires Jeremy to draw all of them. Eventually Jeremy outsmarts the monster by drawing a vehicle on which he can depart. And at that time, Jeremy realizes that there are friends, real ones, outside that are much more fun to play with!

A great read-aloud for a friendship-themed storytime. Fits we
Jenny H.
Read this in storytime this week and the kids and parents thought it was pretty funny!
I think all the people who hate this book are just doing the monster's voice wrong
Maddie Jaques
This actually was not my favorite. Just...disenchanted I guess...
Kind of a modern Harold and the Purple Crayon, though not as clever.
Best for kids ages 3 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Print Awareness, Print Motivation, Vocabulary

From cover:
Jeremy draws a monster ... but he doesn't expect it to be bored and hungry. How will he ever get rid of this monstrous nuisance?

Jeremy is a kid who never leaves his room until one day he draws a monster. The monster didn't even say hi before he demanded lunch. All day long the monster made demands without saying thank you to Jeremy. Jeremy must figure out a way to get the monster out of hi
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I was born in 1966 in Westport, Connecticut right in the middle of two older brothers and two younger sisters. We kept our mother busy while my father worked long hours at IBM. Most of my childhood was spent in my head. I was usually recreating a battle from World War II or running from dinosaurs in prehistoric times. To this day, I develop characters and environments based on worlds I first creat ...more
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