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Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Kane Miller EDC Publishing
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A Allen
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute story for kids about the "what if" questions that Jonathan James asks himself when worried about trying different activities. Then, the positive outcomes possible if he challenges that negative self-talk and tries something difficult!
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Could be useful for discussing anxiety with children.
Rosa Hitchcock
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
EVERY small child should have this read to them! And again when they start middle and high school... And pack it up with them when they go off to college. Can't wait for more Monsters!
Taylor Meyer
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: Jonathan James finds himself in new situations and hears his What if monster asking all kinds of questions to stop him from trying something new. What if it’s scary, what if they laugh, what if I fall, What if its yucky? Finally, Jonathan James gets the courage and asks the equations of his own such as What if its fun? What if I like it?

Characteristics that support the genre: This story is written in repetitive fashion. Each page starts with the What if question accompanied by a picture
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mackers
My 4 year old's favourite book at the moment... Jonathan James has a "whatif" monster who whispers worries and doubt. "What if you tumble? What if you lose? What if she laughs?" etc.

But Jonathan James has some questions for the whatif monster, "What if I climb to the top of that tree, and I never slip or skin up a knee ? What if I run in a really big race, and have a great time no matter what place? What if the chance I take in the end is just how I find my very best friend?"

An adorable poem wit
Ashley Jacobson
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kai-read
I love the message of this book!! We all have those "what if" monsters in our head telling us all the terrible things that COULD go wrong. But what if it all goes right? What is we are successful? What if everyone likes us? What if we are good at it? What if.... The only regrets we should have in life are the chances we didn't take. This adorable little green guy reminds us that it's ok to try and that so many things can go right!
Courtney L Harper
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-kiddos
Perfect for anxious kiddos who are prone to worry!! The whatif monster points out all the things that could go wrong for Jonathan James in various situations, but then he flips the script and comes back at the Whatif monster by pointing out all the things that could go RIGHT in each situation. There's a plush toy you can get as well that I encourage my daughter to talk to when she's worried. She loves him!
Christine Houghton
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been scared to try something? Even if you wanted it a lot!? What stops you from giving it a go? Most of us are afraid of the "What if."
Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster addresses this issue in an easy to understand book for children and adults alike. Teach children to overcome the "what if monster" and go for their dreams!
Jacob Dreiling
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m buying a copy of this book for every damn kid I know. As a counselor and play therapist, this is going in my bibliotherapy rotation.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet & practical book for talking with kids about fears or anxious thoughts.
Stacey Williams
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I love this book so much! One of my favorite children's books that helps to overcome fears and anxieties.
Pamela Kinslow
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kids-books
I loved this book alot
Ash | EmeraldBookOwl
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every child should read this book at some point in their life.
Bob Platypire
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We have the plush that goes along with this, and it is super cute.

This book itself is amazing. Besides the fact that the pictures are great for little ones, the story and message are great, too! It helps kids to understand that everyone has worries, but that we can deal with them without letting them overwhelm us. It's fantastic.

Bob says: 5 Platypires and Pugglepire approved!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nelson-Schmidt, Michelle Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster. PICTURE BOOK. Kane Miller, 2013. $12.99. Content: G.

This is a cute story about a little boy named Jonathan James who unfortunately has a pessimistic “Whatif Monster” constantly around him. The Whatif Monster is worried about Jonathan falling out of a tree, failing at his attempt to dive off the diving board, painting an ugly picture, etc. “Now wait just a minute! I hear all your worries; I hear all your claims. But what if you’re w
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrible book. A perfectly normal boy gets saddled with this anxiety-ridden little monster who plagues him with pessimism and self doubt as he goes about his day. By the middle of the book I wanted to crawl into bed for a week. Then the little boy has an epiphany which leads him to question whether bad stuff will actually happen to him if he goes about his life as usual. The example I liked the least reads "and what if I jump into that pool, and everyone thinks I look really cool?" as ...more
Patricia McCowan
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed438-picture
The book is about Johnathan James and how he has this little monster running around with him asking him "what if?" all these bad things happen. Johnathan stands up to the monster and says "what if?" that chance he takes turns into something really good. The words are very simple and could be a read for a young reader. The pages are written in a rhyme scheme that makes the words flow pretty easily. The illustrations are flat and simple making it easy for non-readers to see what is going on. I thi ...more
Theresa Christensen
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I received a shipment of books today including this little gem for a special 3-year old in my life. So happy to discover this creature, I'm sold on the Whatif Monster who helps us take all of our worries down a notch or two and maybe even turn them around into positive potentials. I read this three times already. Curly red-haired Jonathan James, Whatif Monster's bud, is extra cute too with his confident companionship. What if we all worried just a little less and dreamed a little more?! Whatif A ...more
As is the case for many of us, Jonathan James would like to take all sorts of risks. But his sidekick, the always anxious Whatif Monster prevents him from doing so. After all, something might be hard or someone might laugh at him. Finally, Jonathan turns all those fears on their ears and wonders about what if something turns out to be easy or fun or leads to his making a new friend. This would be a terrific title to share with youngsters and start a conversation about some justifiable fears and ...more
Jennifer Newman
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! An inspirational message to build confidence in every child, whether they are filled with doubt or not. As a former elementary teacher, I can say that if you show children they can conquer the world, they will, and with great gusto. Every parent should own this book and read it regularly with their child. Great confidence starts at home. Tuck them into bed and read it together. Happy Reading!
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you have a preschooler or a young school-aged kid who struggles with anxiety (like I do), this would be a great book for him or her. It helps them see their worries as separate from themselves.
Kelly Wells
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor to meet Michelle at at school visit. the children were just in awe. I bought 5 copies to put in the school library. they have never stayed on the shelf! Our school counselor also did a lesson with all of the classes about not giving up and to give their worries up to the whatif monster. Michelle's presentation to our school is still talked about even after almost 6 months later! I highly recommend any of her books!
Joy Gerbode
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful children's book, and it was perfect for Sunday School last week. We were making plans for the program the children will do for the adults in two weeks ... so we read this book, and talked about "what if people laugh" or "what if I make a mistake?" and the book helped us to see that we didn't need to worry about any of that. Great book to encourage children to not worry about the what ifs, but embrace the what if I succeed idea.
Kris Dickinson
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a great book. Its a rhyming story. The what if monster tells Jonathan James that this negative thing or that negative thing will happen if he does this or that. JJ finally says back 'wait a minute' and starts talking about the positive things that can happen instead. Its a great positive story!
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised to see what this book was about. It teaches children about worry and how to not to be scared to try new things. Trying is better than not trying at all, you may miss out on something good if you let all that worry get to you.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, counseling
Love this book and actually would love to have a copy for my counseling office-- it teaches children that the "What ifs" of life don't always have to be bad. I have a few high school students who could benefit from that lesson!
Jd Ehringer
This would be a good book to read to kids that are in their first year of school and still having some anxiety. Has the interactive stuffed monster that comes with the book would help comfort the kids. Definitely a good book to have in the classroom.
Rochelle Sondae
I was introduced to this title by the author during a Book Expo (BEA) event last year. We'll be reading it during our August 2015 storytime and have a craft activity for kids to create their very own monster following the reading.
Amber Swinford
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough positive things about this book. We bought it to help my 4 year old, who has anxiety issues. It's a great tool for opening dialogue with your children about fears, anxieties, and trying new things, and I think the author handles it beautifully.

Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's like the story of my life. ;)
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