Monsters Stealing Sleep

Sara’s encounter with Curtis cast a shadow of uncertainty over my world. In Synanon I had not worried about rapists in the night or child molesters hanging around churches, luring young girls like Sara and me to their homes to do sleazy things under the guise of an interest in our hobbies. Curtis had seemed harmless, but he wasn’t. That night, I couldn’t sleep. Fearful thoughts clamored through my mind, a parade of every possible thing that could happen. I finally got up and went into the kitchen, opening the drawer where Theresa kept the spatulas, serving spoons, and kitchen knives. I took the biggest knife I could find and went back to my room, where I shoved it under my pillow, climbed under the covers, and finally drifted off to sleep.

Synanon Kid Grows Up by C.A. Wittman

Monsters Are Wonderful


All monsters are absolutely, positively, completely, perfectly wonderful just the way they are!

Some Monsters Are Different, by David Milgrim

Protective Bedtime Monster


“Stay with me, please, and always protect me,” Rikki says, beginning to yawn again.

“Of course I will,” her monster says.

It sits guard over Rikki for the rest of the night.

My Bedtime Monster by Annelies Schwarz and Kveta Pacovska

Mist Lifting


“She felt as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to took upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality.”

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin

Scottish Monster Family


In faraway Scotland, here was a famous lake called Loch Ness. And legend had it that deep in this lake lived a monster. No one had ever seen it. But guess what? The legend was false. In truth, way way down at the bottom of Loch Ness there lived not one but three monsters!

The Lock Mess Monster, written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Monster for President


Monster made a difference, though he was too young to run. And Monster’s roar in politics had only just begun.

Monster Needs Your Vote, written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Wendy Grieb

Giggle Book Award: Making Monsters Leave

The October Giggle Book award goes to a book that is more of a source of comfort than laughter. While this book sometimes causes the kids in my life to giggle, the primary reaction is something akin to relaxation. I suspect the reason it has been requested many times over is the clear illustration of visualization techniques that can be used to eliminate fears. Put more simply – this is how you make the monster under your bed go away.

Go Away Big Green Monster is a cut-out book (die cut). Each page has portions cut-out and each page reveals more detail and more cut-outs. So, the big green monster starts out as a pair of yellow eyes, grows to an entire face, and then disappears, one facial feature at a time. Describing the monster makes him appear, but forcefully telling the monster to go away makes him disappear.

If your child has reached that stage where every creek and shadow is some kind of living creature, this book may be a source of comfort.


“GO AWAY, big green monster! and DON’T COME BACK! Until I say so.”

Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Shopping for Monsters


“Finally the monsters were working! Zack sprinted up the stairs two at a time to see what monsterly mischief has spooked his little sister…Slowly and carefully, Zack rid the room of the tiara terror.”

The Monstore, written by Tara Lazar and illustrated by James Burks

Familiarity Transforms Monsters


“Ms. Kirby, it’s REALLY strange seeing you outside of school.”

“…By lunchtime, Bobby and Ms. Kirby were happy they had bumped into each other.”

My Teacher is a Monster, by Peter Brown

Monstrous Destiny


“The ultimate destiny of monsters: turning to rock and being put in a museum.”

Gold Runner: A Novella of Goblins, Theft, and Teenage Gods (United States of Asgard) by Tessa Gratton