Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Need My Monster


Every picture book writer seems to have a monster manuscript. My friend, Tara, is subbing one now. My friend, Tiffany, has one in rhyme. Becky and I are in the middle of a first draft.

With all the monster books out there, it is hard to come up with an angle that is unique. But Amanda Noll has done it with I Need My Monster.

One night, when Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week. –Gabe"

What will Ethan do? He needs a monster under his bed. How is he supposed to get to
sleep if Gabe is gone?

Come back tomorrow to hear Amanda's story of how this clever book went from concept to contract.

In the meantime, I think I'll start shopping for my own monster. I'm not sleeping too well these days.

16 comments:

Beth Coulton said...

We have this book in the library here at the elementary school and it's just precious! So clever. Now, why didn't I think of that?????

Natalie said...

I love monster books! So do my kids. I NEED MY MONSTER sounds cute.

Corey Schwartz said...

Yeah, Beth. I was thinking the same thing! Why didn't I think of that?

Did you see my Seuss post? You are one of the people who needs to follow that advice :)

B.J. Anderson said...

This book sounds so fun!! I will have to go look it up. I think my kids would love it.

Susan R. Mills said...

I love Monster books. I think most kids do, too. That's probably why there are so many of them out there. Good luck finding your monster.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

eeeek--that has similarities to my picture book WIP, Oh well, should have moved faster I guess. Back to the drawing board.

MG Higgins said...

I love the cover of "I Need My Monster." It's cute but the dark colors convey a sense of scariness.

Corey Schwartz said...

Tricia, maybe your execution is totally different. In this one, the boy tries out various "substitute" monsters, but none are suitable.

beth said...

OK--THAT is a COOL idea!!

Kelly H-Y said...

Sounds cute! I don't have a monster manuscript either!

Karen said...

It's such a fun story, and I love Flashlight Press.

Amy Tate said...

Love it! I must admit I've never heard of NEEDING the monster!

storyqueen said...

so cute. My fave monster book is, "When a Monster is Born."

Shelley

Rebecca said...

Oh, that looks super cute!

Rebecca said...

You've just inspired me to write a monster poem! (completely different than our monster draft, don't worry)

tamarak said...

Sounds awesome!

I have a monster book in the works called Mostly Monsterly.

On the outside, Bernadette was mostly monsterly.
But underneath her fangs and fur, she had a deep...dark...secret.

In December 2010, all will be revealed. :)