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One Monster After Another

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Sally Ann's letter to Lucy Jane goes on a fantastic journey when a "Stamp-Collecting Trollusk" steals it from the mailbox.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1974

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Mercer Mayer

636 books717 followers
I began illustrating books in 1966. Since that time I have published over 300 books. Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid. Now I'm a big kid and I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always remind me of what it was like.

I was born in Arkansas in 1943. Boy, that was a long time ago! It's real fun to be an old kid. Then my parents moved to Hawaii when I was thirteen years old. After High School, I went to Honolulu Academy of Arts. Then I moved to New York City. My wife, Gina, and I write the Little Critter stories together.

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Profile Image for Cynthia.
12 reviews
March 20, 2008
This was my favorite book as a child. I can remember my babysitter refusing to re-read it multiple times a night. Its a very fun story with lovely illustrations. The story is about a letter being sent from one friend to another and the letter's journey while, stamp collecting monsters, paper eating monsters, and monster eating monsters all get in the way. The book was out of print for several decades so I'm glad to see it is once again in print.
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1,294 reviews427 followers
May 20, 2013
This may have been the most intriguing book of my childhood and I would love to get my hands on a copy now that I'm all growed-up. I suspect that I only saw half of the things in each picture; we'd pore over every page for minutes on end, encouraging each other to find what we saw and we did this with alarming regularity. Yet, I'm willing to wager that I won't recognize even half the hidden treasures in each illustration.
Also, I still worry about the safety of my letters once they leave the post office.
Profile Image for Luann.
1,277 reviews119 followers
September 30, 2009
Sally Ann puts a letter to her best friend Lucy Jane in the mailbox, but a Stamp-Collecting Trollusk steals it before the mailman can pick it up. The story then follows the letter as it is snapped up by a Letter-Eating Bombanat, grabbed by a Bombanat-Munching Grumley, sucked up by a Wild-'n'Windy Typhoonigator, etc., etc. A great one for reading aloud with fun word choices including many author-created words. I also enjoyed Mayer's fun detailed illustrations.
Profile Image for Kathryn.
82 reviews13 followers
September 24, 2007
I absolutely LOVE this book, it is everything I would ever want a childrens story to be... It has amazing artwork, a crazy story, made up words, and of course wonderful dry wit "nothing ever happens around here."

Everyone with children and even those without should read this book!!!!
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34 reviews2 followers
July 31, 2007
One of my favorites. Beware the typhoon-a-gator.
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4,781 reviews4,987 followers
May 1, 2010
A little girl's letter is stolen by one monster after another but eventually reaches its intended recipient.
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283 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2022
I’ve had this cute little book on my TBR for a long time after seeing it recommended by someone on Tim Ferriss’ podcast. It seemed an odd thing for an adult to recommend a childrens book, and I honestly still don’t understand why, but I must admit that the author played with words in a way that was pretty cute and clever :) Not one where I’m like “I must save this to read to my children one day” though.
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April 30, 2020
Help! Please. I’m looking for a book much lustrated like this when I was a kid. It’s a book about monsters eating children. It was kind of morbid for its time, it I’m trying to find it. Please lease help. Around the 1970-1980’s

Profile Image for Teresa Thompson Arcangel.
174 reviews2 followers
October 24, 2020
I don't usually include books that I read to my children on Goodreads, but this book is truly exceptional. The artwork is fabulous. My sons begged me to read it so many times that I still remember the story very well, even after nearly 40 years.
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1,092 reviews26 followers
January 30, 2021
We have a very old copy of this at home because my husband was obsessed with this when he was a kid, and I can see why! They illustrations are so fun, as are the monster names. The kids keep asking to read it.
Profile Image for Amilia.
27 reviews3 followers
August 21, 2019
This delighted myself and my boys while in the waiting room at the doctor's office. I had no idea Mercer Mayer had books that weren't about the fluffy hamster things.
100 reviews6 followers
August 12, 2022
Absolutely loved the illustrations and the humour within the pictures. Story was fun. Breaking up reading with an occasional children's book is also fun.
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399 reviews8 followers
September 29, 2022
I have vague memories of reading this story as a child, but was recently reminded by a friend. So I borrowed it from my local library for a re-read. A fun, funny little story.
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205 reviews3 followers
March 16, 2011
This is my absolute favourite Childrens' book EVER! My copy has been read to the point that it is held together by tape. I began reading it to my son shortlhy after we brought him home from the hospital and now it's one of his favourites.
Mercer Meyer creates fatastic, whimsical characters. The typhonigator is one of my personal favourites , but readers of this book won't soon forget the Paper munching Yalapapus, the Trolusk collecting Grithix or the Letter Eating Bombanat. The creatures are so determined that I almost want them to get the letter.
The hard cover is worth the bajillion dollars it costs (it was over $60 last time I looked, but I'm a Canadian and we get ripped when it comes to book prices), but if you can't afford or find it buy the paperback and get ready for a great adventure for you and your favourite kid!
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2,811 reviews53 followers
May 6, 2012
Another great imaginative monster book by Mercer Mayer, this one is a story about a girl who writes a letter to her friend. It gets intercepted by all sorts of monsters along the way. Another reviewer mentioned that it seems Mayer is channeling Seuss with all the crazy made-up words in this book and I'll have to agree with her. I like that he included a dodo in the background of a couple pages of the book, in addition to the Stamp Collecting Trollusk, Letter-Eating Bombanat, and the Wild-'n-Windy Typhoonigator. Recommended for kids aged 5+, 5 stars.
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490 reviews22 followers
May 11, 2014
This one you have to be careful with. The pictures are kind of crazy, and that's what makes it so good. But I could see them sort of bothering the super imaginative kids out there. None of the monsters are actually mean, they just want to eat the paper or steal the stamp from the envelope... so really it's all in good fun. The pictures are AMAZING. If you run across a copy of this book- buy it, it's hard to find!
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237 reviews16 followers
August 21, 2008
Morgan discoverd this on a recent visit to my Mom's. What memories! The stamp-collecting trollusk steals Sally Anne's letter and then ensues the hunt by other paper-eating, letter-munching monsters. Or monster-munching monsters like the wild-n-windy Typhoon-a-gator. Love it.

Too bad it's out of print and starts at $40 for a used paperback. Hard back in good shape are around $65!
Profile Image for Julianne.
356 reviews9 followers
September 30, 2008
My niece's family LOVES this children's book, so I picked it up and read it to myself. It was OK. Later I read it aloud to my mom. What a difference! It definitely needs to be shared! The pictures of all the monsters are great, but the names of the monsters are the best! Get this book and read it to a child.

Profile Image for Dolly.
Author 1 book641 followers
April 9, 2010
This story follows a letter's fantastic journey as it is intercepted again and again by various monsters on its way to its destination. The monsters are reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and the story is funny and fantastic.
Profile Image for Sean.
12 reviews
April 29, 2008
One of my favorite books as a child. Though at the time I was more interested in the fantastic illustrations of monsters than the story itself. But upon reading it again as an adult I can see why i loved this book so much when i was a kid.
Profile Image for Lisa.
433 reviews12 followers
February 2, 2009
This story is about a girl named Sally Ann who wrote a letter to her friend Lucy Jane, but it gets intercepted by a bunch of monsters a long the way.
I love the illustrations. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens to Lucy Jane's letter.
July 21, 2012
Easily one of top 10 favorite books of all time. Great story, amazing illustrations...almost the perfect children's book. Reading my childhood copy of this to my nieces, with crayon scrawl courtesy of my little sister (now 37, yikes!), was amazing...and they love it as much as I did.
Profile Image for Nathaniel Hardman.
Author 2 books23 followers
January 14, 2013
Before the Little Critter books, Mercer Mayer wrote and illustrated a few books that are absolutely beautiful. The pictures in this book are so detailed and so imaginative, that it's just a delight to read (especially with a little kid).
Profile Image for Terry.
692 reviews
February 13, 2014
Well, there's the Trollusk and the Bombanat and the Typhoonigator to "like," among others. I asked the first graders if they thought the letter writer and the letter reader were monsters, too. "NO!" was there resounding response.
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440 reviews46 followers
June 22, 2007
If you have kids, get this book. It's brilliant!!!
8 reviews3 followers
January 10, 2008
I still own my original copy of this, from when I was a kid. I intend to read it to my child, in the hope that it expands his vision of the world, like it did me. Love this book!!!
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