Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades K - 3Grades 1 - 3n/a3.01153

A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a child’s love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child’s imagination. One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week." Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn't stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they've got the right equipment for the job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn't enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily.

Scholastic Book Club Selection

Winner of 6 state awards: Alabama Camellia Award (2010-2011), Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award (2011), California Young Readers Medal (2011-12), Georgia Picture Storybook Award (2011-12), Nevada Young Reader Award (2011-12), Virginia Reader's Choice Primary Award (2012-13)

Included on 5 other state award lists: Mississippi Magnolia Children's Choice Award list (2012-13), Nebraska Golden Sower Award list (2011-12), South Dakota Prairie Bud Award list (2011-12), Washington Children's Choice Book Award list (2010-2011), Wyoming Buckaroo Award list (2011-12)

Additionally, these regional awards lists: Connecticut Charter Oak Children's Book Award list (2011-12), Iowa Regional Goldfinch Award Winner (2009-10)

Storytelling World Award Honor Book 2010

Paperback, 32 pages
Published on January 1, 2010 by Scholastic
ISBN-10: 0545291453
ISBN-13: 9780545291453
5 Book Reviews
  • glitterunicorn7
    glitterunicorn7Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 8:05 am44 stars
    In this book, the main character is a young boy. He is looking for his monster, Gabe. But Gabe is out on vacation, and the boy needs a replacement monster. None of the monsters are good for him though! Will Gabe ever come back? Read the book to find out! - glitterunicorn7
    • sylvie55555
      sylvie55555Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:16 pm44 stars
      In this book, a young boys monster, Gabe goes missing! He knows he needs a monster, so he decided to get a replacement. After all Gabe will be gone for a week. But the monster, Herbert, Ralph, and all the others are just not good enough! Will Gabe ever come back? Read the book to find out!
      • 25evie
        25evieFriday, November 4, 2016 at 8:23 am
        if you like fake books and u like monsters this will b e a good book for you .
        • Ms. L's ClassFriday, February 28, 2014 at 11:00 am
          This was an interesting book about an odd friendship! You should read it!
          • Ms. L's ClassFriday, February 28, 2014 at 10:59 am
            This was an interesting tale of friendship between a boy and his monster. You should read this book to learn about this odd friendship!