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Creaking . . . Squeaking . . . Gnashing . . . Glinking . . .
Under the bed, deep in the closet, behind the radiator . . . the bedtime monsters are stirring, and poor Arnold is too scared to fall asleep. He’s powerless to get rid of them—and they don't seem to be more scared of him than he is of them, no matter what his mother says. But even the most terrible, horrible monster has to be afraid of something, as Arnold eventually finds out in this empowering tale of harnessing the imagination and conquering nighttime fears.
About the Author
Josh Schneider is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator of Tales for Very Picky Eaters, as well as The Meanest Birthday Girl. His first book for Clarion, You'll Be Sorry, was named "Book That Provides Best Ammunition to Parents Weary of Warning Their Kids About Socking Their Siblings" by Publishers Weekly magazine. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
"Schneider is on a roll. Following a Geisel Award for Tales for Very Picky Eaters and a hilarious tale of just deserts in The Meanest Birthday Girl, he upends the classic monster-under-the-bed story."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Arnold's playful imagination is evident in Schneider's watercolor, pen-and-ink, and colored pencil illustrations, and his bravery becomes obvious when he investigates the noises he hears in the night. Use this book for discussions about facing fears."
—School Library Journal
"Schneider's watercolor creatures are a darling array of beaked, winged, clawed, and blubbered goofballs, supporting the text with just the right brand of off-center quirk."
"The funny monster names and the sight of them crowded into Arnold's bed will help get scaredy-cats to read this for the first time, and once they've seen how the story turns out, they will want this worthy successor to Mercer Mayer's classic There's a Nightmare in My Closet read over and over again."
—The Horn Book Magazine
"The real show-stealers here are the monsters themselves, who are mildly frightening with their nasty teeth and horrible claws but hilarious in their worried expressions."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A nifty story about the way our imaginations can get the better of us. . .This endearing picture book for 4- to 8-year-olds proves that, among other things, mother is always right."
—Wall Street Journal
Praise for Tales for Very Picky Eaters
“Finally, a wonderfully clever book on eating right! Brilliant work from Josh Schneider!”
—Portland Book Review
“Stories with all the wit and good humor parents can often lose during dinner table battles.”
“Eager and picky eaters alike will enjoy the wordplay and outrageous situations, which create humor from a familiar source of family tension.”
“Wholly fresh and unexpected advice.”
“Sure to be a crowd pleaser.”
—School Library Journal