“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: I Need My Monster. Written by Amanda Noll. Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Flashlight Press. c. 2009, 32pp.
Reading Level: 490L
Synopsis: When the monster under Ethan’s bed, Gabe, goes fishing for a week, Ethan decides to interview potential substitutes for the job. He knows he will not be able to get a good night’s sleep without Gabe’s scares! Lucky for Ethan, Gabe returns from his trip earlier than expected because the fish scared too easily.
Rationale for Use: This text would be great to use in an elementary classroom because it is a very amusing take on monsters under the bed, and children would find the story amusing. This text would be great to use with students when working on key details and description in stories because the students could compare and contrast each of the substitutes Ethan interviewed and why each one was not good enough for Ethan.
Common Core Connection: RL 1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. SL 1.4: Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. RI 1.7: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters.