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The Monster in My Basement

(3 customer reviews)
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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Meet the Author

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

Meet the Illustrator

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!) Listen to the song – 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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Softcover, Hardcover

3 reviews for The Monster in My Basement

  1. GAYLE H SWIFT

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Monster in My Basement written and sung by David Preston, and illustrated by Heather Lynn Harris Charming, delightful, and joyous! Will David be the monster’s dinner guest or his dinner? Does the monster consider him a friend or food? Monsters can make great friends, right? Right?

    I shared this entertaining book with my five-year-old grandson. He’s a hard nut to crack when it comes to books. He’d much prefer to be in motion. If he’s reading, his preferred topic is anything that goes vroom! He found The Monster in My Basement engaging and enjoyable.

    The riotous story offered the added benefit of some valuable messages: be kind, help out at home, don’t pre-judge things, and choose to be brave. Harriss’s imaginative illustrations explode with color that reflects the romping energy of the story. David’s music drew my little one in so that we shared a fun and worthwhile read together. The repeating refrain enhanced the suspense and increased our engagement in the story. My little one could easily empathize with the hero’s fear of becoming the main entrée for the monster family. The “surprise” ending satisfied and pleased him. I highly recommend this book and sincerely hope this duo creates more books. The publisher provided me a review copy.

  2. Katie

    This book is one of my students’ absolute favorites and has become an instant classic! Its fun to read and equally fun to sing. It comes with a download code so you can hear Mr. Dave sing it himself. The kids love to sing along and are enraptured by the story in between bouts of “shaking and laughing!”

  3. Debbie Smith

    Oh my goodness. This is a book that’s impossible not to love. And since I have several elementary teachers in my family I can imagine this being read and then sung in classrooms.

    I liked it before I listened to the song sung by children’s musician Dave Preston, but after hearing the catchy tune I love it. And as you can see, the illustrations by Heather Lynn Harris are adorable. I can imagine these pages being flipped through while singing.

    And the monster . . . really, not so scary after all. Okay, I guess that is debatable. But he won’t always give that appearance. Many times attitudes can change even the . . . oddest of us.

    I highly recommend this fun book and song to everyone. Music teachers, classroom teachers, parents, and caregivers, this is a book to pick up for you little ones.

    Concerns
    I found only one itty bitty concern that can be taken care of easily. When the “monster” asks the boy to come with him, the boy does end up following. He mentions

    “I tried to answer, ‘No, sir,’ but I found it hard to talk.

    So he grabbed my hand and we began to walk.”

    Okay, we all know leaving home with a monster is probably not a great idea. Folks, this is a storybook. It can easily be mentioned that it’s a song and a silly story. Not real. No one should allow themselves to be lead from home by a monster or any other creature.

    So, in my way of thinking, this is a concern barely worth mentioning.

    What I Liked
    Everything! This fun little book even comes with piano music (melody) at the back. And in case you missed the link earlier, I’m including it again.

    My thanks to City of Light Publishing for a copy of this book and the ability to post my opinion of it.

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