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Dave Preston

"I really did find a monster in my basement and his hair really was red and matted. Yellow really were his eyes. "

Whenever Dave Preston enters a school or a childcare center to sing his songs, you’re likely to hear a swelling chorus of, “Mr. Dave is here! Mr. Dave is here!” This singer/songwriter from Western New York has been delighting children of all ages with his original songs, such as Papa’s Car, The Lobster Dance, Munchkin Express and The Boo Boo Song for more than ten years. “I Found a Monster in My Basement” is based on his original song Howard. Mostly retired now, Dave still visits the kids occasionally with his daughter who has followed in her dad’s footsteps. Dave lives in Brockport, New York with his wife, Debbie. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Author's books

The Monster in My Basement

There’s a monster in Dave’s basement! His name is Howard and he’s very hungry. Howard invites Dave to dinner. But will Dave eat dinner or BE dinner? The thought makes Dave shake a little bit, shake a little bit, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Has Dave made a big mistake?

The Monster in My Basement began as a song called Howard the Monster. (The author is a children’s musician too!). Visit Howard the Monster here and read along with the music and lyrics printed in the back of the book!

Enjoy The Monster in My Basement book trailer!

The Monster in My Basement Book Trailer from Heather harris on Vimeo.

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Twelve Days Of Giftmas – For Your Favorite Little Monster


“Adorable” is what the reviewers are saying about this brand new picture book, but “interactive” is just as accurate. It comes fully equipped with a song to sing along to, and on this Second Day of Christmas, add to the interactivity with the—yes, adorable!— Monster Match Game. Your favorite toddler monster will delight in pairing up the cards with matching monsters.