Illustrator HOWARD MCWILLIAM left his day job as a magazine editor and journalist in 2005 to concentrate on his growing career as a cartoonist and illustrator. He has illustrated several picture books including I Need My Monster, When a Dragon Moves In (Flashlight Press) as well as the Ghost Detectors series (Adbo Publishing); and cover illustrations for the Kit Salter Adventure series (Quercus) and Alfie the Werewolf series (Hodder Children’s). He has won awards and competitions and is published in a wide range of UK magazines and newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph and The Week as well as several child and nursery education magazines.  He lives in Cheltenham, England with his wife.



Amanda Noll, author (US)

Howard McWilliam, illustrator (UK)

I Need My Monster 

120,000 + copies sold in US

Scholastic Book Club selection 

Short animation film made in US

One night, when Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead:

"Gone fishing. Back in a week. – Gabe”

What will Ethan do? He needs a monster under his bed. How is he supposed to get to sleep if his monster is gone?  Substitute monsters appear, but none are just right. Herbert's teeth aren't sharp enough, Mack's slobbering induces giggles, Cynthia's tail isn't scary at all, and Ralph has nail polish on his claws!   This will never work! How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his monster?

I Need My Monster is a monster-under-the-bed story for all monster-loving kids.

The sequel will be published in Fall 2016 in the US: I Need My Monster Too.


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