Okay teachers, we absolutely love the book I Need My Monster. It is such a clever play on “monster under the bed” stories, however it has a surprising twist. The child in this book enjoys having a monster, and actually needs the monster to get to sleep. The descriptive writing makes it a great book to practice visualizing and can serve as a mentor text for students' own descriptive writing. This would be a fun book to read around Halloween, especially if your school doesn’t celebrate the holiday. - Jodi and the Starts With a Story Team
Ethan was getting ready for bed when he found out his monster will be gone for a week. He starts to worry about how he will fall asleep without his monster, Gabe, there. Ethan needs his monster, with long, sharp claws, and a long tail in order to sleep at night. He decides to call in a substitute monster.
The first monster arrives and does not have long enough claws. The next monster has long claws but they are not ragged like his monster’s claws are. Ethan is visited by 5 monsters and none of them are scary enough, so he sends them away. Finally, Gabe, returns from his fishing trip and Ethan is so happy to see him. Gabe felt like the fish scared too easily, and likes that Ethan is a challenge. Thankfully, Ethan is able to fall asleep now that his beloved monster has returned.
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