Price: $14.00

    Hebrew Translation of I Need My Monster (published by Flashlight Press, 2009)

    Story by Amanda Noll
    Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
    Translated by Rimona Di-Nur

    Hardcover, 32 pages, full color 
    Keter Publishing, Urim Publications, 2010
    ISBN: 978-965-524-045-0

    Reviewed in the Hebrew press, including Maariv and Haaretz newspapers.

    Praise for this bestselling book in English:
    • Scholastic Book Club Selection 
    • Nebraska Golden Sower Award list 2011-12 
    • Alabama Camellia Award list 2010-11 
    • Washington Children's Choice Book Award list 2010-11 
    • Winner of the Goldfinch Award, 2009-10, in the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Community School District. Starting in 2010, the Goldfinch will be a state-wide award. 
    • A Storytelling World Award Honor Book 2010 
    • An Indie Next Kids' Pick, summer 2009 
    • An Arizona Grand Canyon Readers' Choice Award nominee 2011-12 
    • Mock Caldecott Honor book on Dr. Quinn's Book Blog 

    "Monster tale so sly it oozes excellence... superbly silly... irresistible... a perfect read-aloud for squirmy youngsters, especially boys.... exquisitely creepy, perfect for... all monster-lovers." 
    - Judy Green, The Sacramento Bee

    "I Need My Monster is a must-read for any discerning monster-lover. A perfect bedtime companion. I'm keeping one copy on the nightstand, and one under the bed!" 
    - Edward Hemingway, Bump in the Night

    "Between the simple hilarity of the story itself and the amazing, gorgeous illustrations, I Need My Monster is a brilliant piece of picture book work. Boys and girls alike are going to love it and it's perfect for calming down bedtime jitters. I'm buying it for every kid I know. Simple as that. 
    - Amanda Snow, A Patchwork of Books

    "The dark humor is perfectly matched to McWilliam's creepy-cute artwork. Any potential scariness in the text and art is offset by the silly details that are included, making for a fun nighttime read for those who enjoy a bit of shiver as they are tucked in to bed. This would also make a great read-aloud for a slightly older audience at a night-themed storyhour." 
    - School Library Journal

    Recommended in Library Sparks Magazine

    "Even my middle school students tried to pry it out of my hands to take home to read to their little brothers and sisters... a satisfying twist to bedtime stories that enables the child to crave scarier and scarier monsters, to laugh at our fears and to curl up in the end, deliciously scared of letting our toes dangle over the edge." Be sure to put the book jacket out where students can touch and shiver with delight. Come on, how can you miss when you have an eyeball for the letter 'O'?" 
    - Diane Chen, Practically Paradise blog, School Library Journal

    "Dramatic in perspective, McWilliam's exaggerated, digitally colored art renders the monsters in a spectrum of neon hues and outlandish shapes. The collaborators ably balance some bedtime chills with humor, and Ethan's enthusiasm for his monster should prove infectious." 
    - Publishers Weekly 

    "...turns the tables on monster fears ...Noll's slyly humorous text is a suitably wry counterpoint to McWilliam's dark-hued, exaggerated paintings of the bobble-headed Ethan and his alternately scary and silly beasts. The entire effort strikes a nice balance between creepy and comforting, but especially endearing is Gabe's early return home as he huddles beneath the bed like a faithful dog and says, "Now, if you don't mind, I'd like to start the evening with an ominous puddle of drool." That's friendship for you." 
    - Daniel Kraus, Booklist

    "In this humorous, comically exaggerated reversal of the usual fear of monsters there is plenty of good-natured scary stuff." 
    - Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz, Children's Literature

    "Beautifully moody illustrations give this story its atmosphere of dark spookiness. The colours glow and these excellent monsters are the most interesting range of characters imaginable." 
    - Scholastic Child Education Magazine, UK

    "Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam have turned a child's nightmare into a dream-come-true! Noll's story is enchanting, a child will giggle at the silly substitute monsters and even smile at the menacing Gabe because he is talked about in such admiration by Ethan. McWilliam's illustrations are nothing less than perfection for this tale. His monsters are as beautiful as those from the Disney film "Monsters Inc." and his backgrounds are so complete and detailed it leaves the reader right in the room with Ethan. I Need My Monster is perfect for children of all ages, everyone can appreciate it for different reasons. A great story to tell little ones who are nervous to fall asleep wondering what is lurking undernieth their bed. This is a charming book of friendship and love, an outstanding debut from Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam." 
    - Madeline Audrey, Children's Librarian at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, on her blog, Madeline Books

    "Fabulously illustrated, this is a wonderful book about change, loyalty, and friendship, all wrapped up in a lovable, huggable monster! Oh, wait, did I say lovable and huggable? I meant SCARY!!!!" 
    - Antonia, Kepler's, Staff Recommendation

    "...one of the best books I have ever seen for teens to read to children. The listeners will be laughing so hard and all wanting a monster of their own! Great pretend book. The monster voices are slurpy, silly, giggly, deep and just fun to make!" 
    - C. Van Hook, Iowa Teacher Librarian