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How I Met My Monster

(I Need My Monster #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Flashlight Press
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
La Coccinelle
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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!

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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
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sara Alegria
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very cute story. I love the art.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 😘
Nate Schwartz
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I grabbed a ark of this book at BEA. I thought it was a amazing children's story. ...more
Marge Shaffer
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Book Expo for this wonderful book. Love the characters.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love this book!
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Trying to collect them all (from the library).
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit different than what I expected and not as good as I thought it would be but still enjoyable.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 again, not sure how I feel. I liked it fairly well and loved the illustrations, so I'll give it 4 stars for now. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-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!
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story and wonderful illustrations!
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Tonja Drecker
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
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
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
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 ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, childrens
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
Kelley Mitchell
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I taught with an AWESOME music teacher named Robert Clark. He always read "The Little Old Woman Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything" to kindergarten every year. He would have the kids finish out with the chant, "I don't have to be afraid unless I want to!" It was such a great way of communicating the delicious joy of feeling scared in a safe environment. Mr. Clark would have switched up his story for this book. It communicates that same feeling. ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is about the boy and how he met his monster Gabe. Gabe was a monster and he was little, he was a kid. And when he met a monster first he was just a kid, and the boy was little too. But then when kid was eating the monster Gabe was behind him and he was eating the food at the floor. And like that he met his monster, and like that he started to grow.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an adorable prequel to “I Need My Monster.” My Storytime crew really got into it, especially when they could act like monsters themselves. May be a little long for 2 and under, but still enjoyable.
Tally, The Chatty Introvert
Was looking for some spooky books kids could read during activity time. The illustrations are top notch, story itself not quite my cup of tea (though a few of the kiddos might like it). Worth a shot.

And yes, I'm well aware I'm not the target audience.
Dana Storytime Account
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From picking this book up and seeing the cover I was certain this was gonna be cute and this time judging a book by it's cover was fine because this was an adorable story that would be great for a read-aloud before bedtime or in a group story time setting or for a kid to read by themselves. ...more
Melissa Nikohl
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great addition to this series! I used this book to work on context clues with my fifth graders!

With words like mesmerized, sufficiently, unconventional, vanished, and ominous, this book is definitely not just for the younger elementary crowd!
Ramona Cheek
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The images are both real and lifelike as well as animation. The story is adorable. it's a good read aloud. I can picture parents and grandparents reading this to their little ones. Enjoy. ...more
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