by Meritta S. White
A monster comes out at night…
Maddie McInness does not like things that go bump in the night. Especially the monster she imagines creeps down the hall, bangs on the wall, turns on the faucet, and hides in her closet. But Maddie is sure she knows how to keep the bedtime monster away: stay awake—FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE!!
In Hugging the Monster, four-year-old Maddie gets fed up with monster night frights and decides to stay awake FOREVER. Maddie knows it won’t be easy but surely ice cream and cake, and chocolate milkshakes will make staying awake quite tasty. After filling her tummy with sweets that are yummy, Maddie starts to doze. But when the monster creeps out to scare her, Maddie opens her eyes! Pandemonium ensues when Maddie turns on the terrible creature and chases him, only to discover the “real” monster.
The 600-word rhyming text is sure to be a story time favorite as young children learn the power of facing and embracing their fears.
Age Range: 3 - 6
MEET THE AUTHOR
Ms. White is a former Emmy Award-winning television producer. She enjoys writing children’s books and is currently working on an early reader chapter book titled Moe, Mr. Mango and Music. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey, and the District of Columbia as an accredited Veterans Law attorney.
In her spare time, Ms. White and her husband manage the restoration of an historical Queen Anne home (circa 1900) in eastern North Carolina.