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No Such Thing by Jackie French Koller

No Such Thing

by Jackie French Koller

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A boy and his family move into a big old house which he loves--until it gets dark and he’s afraid of the monster under the bed. Meanwhile the monster under the bed is afraid of the boy on top of the bed. Both call out repeatedly to their mothers who assure them that there are no such things as boys/monsters. When the boy and monster hear each other crying they fearfully check the other out only to find they’re both equally scared. They become friends and decide to play a trick on their mothers.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
funny take on the monster under the bed problem. For older kids. ( )
  kelleyhar | Dec 13, 2014 |
What a funny story! A perfect twist on the ages old story of the monster under the bed. The ending makes me want to write a second story about what happens next. It's a lot of fun. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
A young boy swears that there is a monster under his bed even though his mother has tried multiple times to convince him that there isn’t anything under his bed. A young monster swears that there is a boy on top of his bed even though his monster momma has tried to convince him that there is nothing to worry about. The two of them struggle to coax one another out to prove to their mothers that they are right. When they finally come eye to eye they realize that there is nothing to be afraid of. They also resent the fact that their parents lied to them when they said that there were no such things as monsters or young boys. So, they two of them decide to play a prank on their mothers.

This book took a very interesting veiw on having monsters under your bed. I like the way the author wrote from the monster’s perspective as well as the boy’s perspective. Reading it as an adult it was hard for me not to think logically of how this situation could never happen but other than that I think children would really enjoy it. I like the book in general and would love to read it to my children at daycare.

This book could fit into a lesson plan about the letter “M” because monster starts with “M”. You could also let them make their own versions of the monsters under their bed.
  capt.insaino | Mar 29, 2013 |
In this story Howard is scared of monsters and Monster is scared of boys. Howard is in his bed and Monster is under Howard's bed in his bed. They both keep hearing each other and have to keep calling their mothers into their rooms. Everytime their mothers come in, they try to calm them down and put them back to bed. Howard's mother keeps telling him that monsters do not exist and Monster's mother keeps telling him that boys do not exist. Finally they see each and once again call for their mothers. Their mothers come in and calm them down once again and tell them that the next time that they have to come in, they will be introuble. Monster hears Howard crying and scared and Howard hears monster whimpling and sad. They come out and speak to each other and find out that monsters do not eat boys and that boys do not eat monsters. At the end they trade places and call their mothers back into their rooms.

I really enjoyed this book and found it really funny. I would have liked to know how the mothers reacted when they found the other one instead of their son.

I think that this book could be used in the classroom if you have younger children who are afraid of monsters. You could use it as an introduction to teach children that monsters are not real. A second way that it could be used in the classroom would be to have the children write the ending after the mothers came into the room and found the boy where the monster should have been and the monster where the boy should have been. It could be a fun way to get them to be creative.
  BrittanyLynn | Oct 14, 2010 |
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There is no such thing as a monster, and certainly no such thing as a monster under the bed. That's what Howard's mother tells him. There is no such thing as a boy, and certainly no such thing as a boy on top of a bed. That's what Monster's mother tells him. But no matter what their mothers say, Howard and Monster remain afraid of the dark . . . until one spooky night when both face their deepest fears. Jackie French Koller and Betsy Lewin have created a "monster-under-the-bed" story that offers the perfect cure for fear of the dark--laughter!

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A boy is afraid there is a monster under his bed until he meets a monster who is afraid there is a boy above his bed.

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