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How to Catch a Monster

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  101 reviews
A USA Today Bestseller!

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch a Leprechaun and How to Catch an Elf!

There's a monster in my closet,
with claws, and teeth, and hair,
and tonight, I'm going to scare him!
He lives just right through there...

Get ready to laugh as a young ninja heads into the closet to meet the monster that's been so scary night after n
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Wonderland
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This beginning book is perfect for the monster loving kid. It’s not necessarily a Halloween story. It’s more just a monster story - any time of year.

A kid comes home after being a Ninja at school and he goes in his closet to catch his monster and they play. It’s a simple story.

My nephew loved this story. I mean everything about it. He loved the Ninja costume to the monster and his house. He laughed so hard at the toothpaste page and he loved the monster fart, obviously. He was laughing on each p
Schizanthus Nerd
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are brilliant in How to Catch a Monster, AKA, Confronting Your Fears and Discovering They’re Not as Scary as You Thought. Okay, so I wasn’t consulted during the naming of this book, thank goodness! So, the illustrations. They’re bright, colourful, detailed, kind of quirky and very engaging. I loved them!

The story is told in rhymes. Our main character has secured the role of ninja master in the school play so they’re feeling brave. Dressed in full ninja garb and with a backpack
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ninja action and monster fighting! What more could you ask for!
Christine (Tina)
Great, ghoulish neon colors illustrate this book about how to make friends with the monster hiding under your bed or in your closet! Cute!
Sharon Tyler
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace is a picturebook currently scheduled for release on September 1 2017. The book is about a young boy emboldened by his karate class and ready to face the monster in his closet. He plans on trapping and scaring the monster that has scared him so many times. However, once he succeeds he discovers that the monster's intentions are not what he expected.

How to Catch a Monster is a book that encourages young readers to face their fears head on, and shows them that
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a little boy lands the role of ninja master in the school play, he knows he has finally become the hero that will take care of the monster in his closet. With his backpack full of traps and nets he pulls out all the stops, but this big scary monster is more than meets the eye. Yet, this little ninja wont give up, and when he finally captures the monster he learns that everything might not be as scary as he thought.

How to Catch A Monster is the perfect read for any little one who might just
Stephanie  Weatherly
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a little worried when I first started reading this book to my littles, as it talks about a monster into the closet at bedtime. I was pleasantly surprised to continue reading and find out that the monster just wants to play with the little boy. My kids loved this book and the illustrations are great!
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute story of a ninja going up against the monster in his bedroom. Enjoyable. The ninja angle makes it stand out from similarly title books. Fun!
Marissa Estrada
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-class-books
I do believe that it is the person who read the book that sets its setting behind it. I enjoyed listening to this book being read. Ii though it was adorable and funny. Great pictures!
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when you get the role of a ninja in the school play? Become one of course! And not just any ninja; a monster catching ninja! With the courage to trap the monster hiding in his closet, the ninja-monster-catcher meets his match. After breaking the first few traps, ninja finally catches his monster and learns that his monster isn’t trying to scare him; he just wants to play. As ninja and monster play, and learn about one another, a friendship between them blooms. Wallace uses rhyme t ...more
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bright, beautiful illustrations accompany a rhythmic story that will surely capture the attention of your child looking for inspiration to stand up to the monster in their closet.

My daughters laughed a great deal especially at the monster passing gas which smells like strawberry and lime.

I was glad they enjoyed the fun pictures and the even funnier story but as a parent what I enjoyed was the theme woven in that teaches them to stand up to their fears because what they are afraid of might not b
Sharon Coffey
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newest-reads
A boy is given a Ninja role in the school play. He decides (in true Ninja fashion) he's done being scared by Monster who hides in his closet. Dun, dun, duuuuuuuun! The boy uses weapons sure to send Monster packing such as a wind-up shark, silly string and (piece de resistance) a remote-controlled Ninja Bot with candy bait.

Monster isn't anything like what the boy thought. Read what happens when Monster invites the boy to his home to meet his monster family. This is not only about facing fears; i
Dorine White
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely adorable book. It has big, bold colors, kid friendly art, and a young boy who has just gotten the lead in his school play. To practice his part of Ninja Master, our young man decides he must fight the monster in his closet to become a true hero. He has a bag full of awesome tricks, a wind-up shark, silly string, and more. However, this scary, somewhat silly monster proves tricky and our ninja hero learns about friendship instead. Loved it! 5 stars.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I felt both the art and story were just okay. One aspect I did like was that the main character was not gendered. I thought that was a very interesting choice for a book that doesn't otherwise have a strong narrative or message. ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Another quick book read with May at the library. She totally enjoyed it! I love books where girls overcome their fears & are their own hero. The art was great! the monster Kinda reminded me of Sully in Monsters Inc.
Raine Feiertag
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute! Loved the pictures and rhymes.
Ben Truong
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
How to Catch a Monster is a children's picture book written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton. When a kid gets the part of the ninja master in the school play, it finally seems to be the right time to tackle the closet monster.

Wallace's text is simplistic, straightforward, and lyrical. The simple poetic beat has a kid trying to capture a monster living in a closet. The verses are written somewhat well as there are some places where the beat is slightly off. Elkerton's bright illus
Lisa McKenzie
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kid Reviews:
3yo: I heart dis.
5yo: this one is good you should read it it's about a boy trying to scare a monster.
7yo: I do not like monster only when they are mean and vicious, but not like good monsters that do weird stuff and name pies so I give it a one.
9yo: Is there a monster in your closet? There is one in the boy's and he is bothering him. So read this book to see how he takes care of him.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young ninja heads is ready to catch the monster in his closet. He learns the monster isn't as scary as he thought. A silly and fun rhyming picture book. A cute bedtime story. ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Wallace, Adam How to Catch a Monster. PICTURE BOOK. Illustrated by Andy Elkerton. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017. $11. 9781492648949

A young boy has just been cast as a ninja in his school play, which gives him the courage to capture the monster in his closet. When he captures the monster, however, he finds out that his new friend is much different than he expected.

For a child who is afraid of monsters in their closet or under their bed, besides watching Monster, Inc. every night, this is a cute w
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

A goofy and totally fun rhyming picture book, Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton's How to Catch a Monster is their Halloween offering in their popular 'How to Catch...' series. In How to Catch a Monster, a young child who recently got the role of a ninja master in a school play, decides to come face to face with the monster in their closet. Feeling "brave and strong, and full of courage, too", our young ninja faces down a fuzzy green and blue monster, while discovering some very surprising facts abo
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun story about a young boy who discovers a monster living in his closet and then decides to go all ninja master to scare it away. But once he sets to his plan, he discovers an unexpected surprise, and actually makes friends with his former nemesis. I liked the theme that we can make friends out of assumed enemies if we put away our prejudices and meet the real being.
Holli Shipley
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peer-instructor
This is a very fun rhyming book. The illustrations are clear, colorful, and fun. It is about facing your fears and finding out things aren't always what you think. It is also about making friends with people/things that are different than you. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ninja
this is one of the favorite books we have read in class so far. Seeing the ninja go up against the monster, when all the monster wants to do is play. However the monster can only play when the ninja is sleep.
Betul Kilinc
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book, it had such a unique way of looking at the monsters in your closet. The illustrations were very bright and colorful. And I can't ever resist a story with some good rhymes in it, which this book is filled with. ...more
Fun story to read at Halloween (or if your children are scared of monsters under their bed/in their closet). The illustrations are especially fun as the young child catches a monster, and then proceeds to develop a friendship with the monster.
Hannah Marquardt
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed reading this children's book. It was adorable and funny. I was happy to see that the monster only wanted to play with the child after all. This may show kids having trouble sleeping at night, that monsters do not exist, or if they believe they do, they are not scary. ...more
Katie Michkiosky
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Wow! This book was so precious! I read it and immediately ordered it for myself to have to read to my nephews. The illustrations of the monsters are so humorous! I am confident this book will be engaging for all children.

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Lexile = AD520L
DRA = 18
Leah Hahn
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story is great for young children! It is full of bright pictures and every page rhymes which really helped to keep the attention of my daughter. It also has great action words! This story shares a great lesson in that we don't always have to fear what we do not yet know. ...more
Diana Arango
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book talks about a little boy that is excited because he got the role of a ninja in his school play, but this means that he has to be brave and be a hero. So he is going to scare the monster in his closet, he does everything to finally catch him, but when he does he gets to know that the monster just wants to play and that he did not mean to scare him. Then they get to play, eat some volcano pie and he also helps him brush his teeth in a fun way. So when the time to go to bed comes, he is g ...more
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Adam Wallace is a New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author of the How to Catch series!
Adam's passion is to bring excitement and energy and humour and joy to children (of all ages!) through his books and videos.
He spends his non-writing time thinking about writing and going to as many live music shows as he can. He's also teaching himself piano, and plays golf too.

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