Children’s Book Giveaway: Jeremy Draws a Monster.
September 14, 2010

Honestly, I’m not certain what it is about Jeremy Draws a Monster, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty, that I find so alluring.  It’s a short, imaginative tale about a lonesome boy who scribbles up a demanding monster of a friend.  The monster commands that Jeremy draw up a sandwich to satiate his hunger, then gobbles the sandwich down without eating it.  Then he asks for one thing after another – everything from a toaster to a telephone.

Finally, the monster tells Jeremy to draw him a hat so that he can go out.  The boy is relieved when the monster leaves and hopes that he will stay away, but the monster comes back in the middle of the night.  In the end, Jeremy is forced to find a creative solution to his problem: he illustrates a bus ticket and luggage, then sends the monster out of town.  Free of the monster, he finds that he has time to play with and make friends with the neighborhood children.

I think I am drawn to Jeremy Draws a Monster because of its creativity.  The main character, Jeremy, lives in a sort of magical world where what he draws comes to life.  The illustrations are unpretentious and inventive.  It’s not hard to see how McCartney won the Caldecott Honor for one of his other books.  Jeremy Draws a Monster is a masterpiece.


Charlotte enjoying a little monster time with Auntie E =)

Pros: What a great way to show that not all friendships are created equal!  Moreover, this book is wonderful at showing that a little originality goes a long way.

Cons: None.  Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail telling me about a friendship you value.  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winners will be announced next Tuesday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to six entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs by clicking here or at Top Baby Blogs by clicking here.  Each day you vote, I will award you two additional entries.  I am hoping to maintain or move into a spot in the top ten on both sites so that we can slowly begin to reach more parents about the joys and importance of reading with children.

To purchase this book: You can buy Jeremy Draws a Monster through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.

An announcement: The winner of last week’s book series giveaway was Alicia.  Congratulations, Alicia!


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  1. By on September 14, 2010

    I value my friendship with my husband, who is truly my best friend.  I know it’s a cliche, but, heck, it’s true.

  2. By on September 14, 2010

    I voted for you on top mommy blogs…

  3. By on September 14, 2010

    I voted for you on top baby blogs…

  4. By beyond on September 14, 2010

    my sister! i miss her… we live on different continents but are very close.

  5. By christy on September 14, 2010

    i value the friendship with my mom.  growing up, she always seemed closer with my sister (sharing secrets, etc) but now that i’m a mom, i call my mom 5 x a day and see her at least 2 x a day!

  6. By on September 14, 2010

    I value my friendship with my husband. He is the best. This book really looks great.

  7. By Lindsay on September 14, 2010

    When I was 10 years old, my little sister was born. I had worn my most favorite dress to the hospital so that she would think I looked nice. I set the TV in the room to ‘Step By Step’ in hopes she would think it was funny. When my dad opened the door and brought her into the room where I was anxiously awaiting her arrival, I felt this instant surge of maternal love, patience, understanding. This ultimate feeling of unconditional love. Over the years, she has become more than my sister, but my most coveted, adored friend. When I was in high school and would cry over a broken heart or failing friendship, she would sit on my bed and come up with jokes to make me laugh. As an adult, she was my maid of honor in my wedding. To watch her grow into such a beautiful, intelligent young woman has been the greatest gift in the world. She’s not only my sister, but my best friend.

  8. By Sarah S on September 14, 2010

    I value my mom friends so much! We have been through a lot together and they have been invaluable in shaping the kind of mother I am. It’s nice to know someone is always up for a cup of coffee or chat even when my kids and I are having rough days.

  9. By Monica Hemsley on September 14, 2010

    I treasure my friendship with my dearest friend, Bri.  She has shown me how to love and be loved, how to accept myself, how to take a trial and learn from it, we are each other’s sounding boards and we have each been through two miscarriages together which has helped us understand how deeply it hurts and how important it is to have a strong support system.

  10. By on September 14, 2010

    I value my friendship with my close friend Angel. Sadly we live in different states now but she almost like my twin sister. She always know exactly what to say to ease my fears or worries & we love spending time together no matter what we are doing.

  11. By on September 14, 2010

    I value my relationship with my brother.  Despite the fact that we live far away from each other-he is always a rock when I need good advice or a shoulder to lean on.

  12. By Bethany on September 14, 2010

    I value the friendship I have with my mother. I lost my father when I was 20 years old and was forced at a young age to realize how truly important the bond and relationship you have with your parents is. Needless to say, I am taking what I have learned through our friendship to apply it to the developing love and relationship I have with my daughter.

  13. By Bethany on September 14, 2010

    voted on top baby :)

  14. By Bethany on September 14, 2010

    voted on top mommy :)

  15. By on September 14, 2010

    This book looks awesome! I value my friendship with my mom..she’s the best friend i’ve ever had and her love for me is truly unconditional. :)

  16. By on September 14, 2010

    Voted for you on Top Mommy!

  17. By on September 14, 2010

    Voted on Top Baby!!

  18. By on September 14, 2010

    Voted on Top Baby & Top Mom.
    I also went and BOUGHT this book, but if I won, I know a certain little boy who would cherish this book as much as he cherishes his baby sister lol :)

    My best friend? I have to say, is Jim my dear hubby…
    He has been there for me through it all. I love him and we laugh, cry and everything else together! :)

    But I have a best friend who is like a sister to me as well. I have known her since I was 2, and we became inseparable 10 years ago, and we have never gone a day, without updating, chatting, etc. I truly value every single thing about her.

  19. By Kate on September 14, 2010

    I value my friendship with my 4 sisters!

  20. By ...and baby makes five! on September 14, 2010

    I met MY best-est friend at a prenatal yoga class when we were both expecting our first kiddos. We gave birth to a boy and a girl six weeks apart.

    One and a half years later, we were both expecting again and gave birth to another boy and a girl (the opposite of what our oldests were) exactly six weeks apart again.

    She is my rock and I don’t know what I would do without her in my life!

  21. By Inspired Kathy on September 14, 2010

    I value a friend who can keep a secret, someone who can listen and not judge.

  22. By on September 14, 2010

    I think I’d really enjoy this book.  I value the friendship I have with my 3 sisters.  We aren’t all together very (maybe once a year) and I cherish the times I get to spend with them.

    Voted for you at both sites.

  23. By on September 14, 2010

    One of my favorite and most valued friendships is with my friend Jes…like when my dog ate 20 baby pacifiers and I had to take hiim in for emergency surgery, I called my friend Jes. A true friend did not judge me for not realizing that my dog was eating all the baby pacifiers, and geezzz didn’t we realize we were buying so many? Well honestly, I didn’t think my dog would seriously eat a whole pacifier…and if he did, I guess I thought I would have some sort of repercussions sooner. My friend Jes just said it could happen to anyone…and that made me realize I am so lucky to have such a good friend.

  24. By Whitney on September 14, 2010

    My strongest friendship is with my mother. Amazing how that works. She was always a parent but she was a great friend that I could always confide in. As I’ve become older and had a daughter myself I can appreciate who she was to me even more.

  25. By Molly on September 14, 2010

    My bestie is my husband, by far and away. We’re like peas in a pod…well and my sweet baby girl is my bestie for sure too. Can I have 2 best friends?

  26. By Mallory on September 14, 2010

    My husband is definitely my best friend.  He is the one person I love, trust, and feel the most secure with.

  27. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on September 15, 2010

    Definitely my sister.  And my husband.  My two best friends.

  28. By on September 15, 2010

    No need to put me in the draw for the book. Just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading this set of comments - awwww!
    And, Jen, it could happen to anyone! :-) Just hope your adventurous eater was okay afterwards.

    Mouse

  29. By on September 15, 2010

    I value the relationship with my mom.  I appreciate her so much more now that I’m a mother too!  She’s been wonderful with my two boys and a great source of wisdom and support for me.

  30. By on September 15, 2010

    I also value my friendship with my big sister.  She is fiercefully loyal!  And she’s definitely come to my aid when I’ve needed her.

  31. By on September 15, 2010

    I entered my vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today.

  32. By on September 15, 2010

    I entered my vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today.

  33. By on September 15, 2010

    voted on baby and mommy top blogs again today.
    After reading everyones comments? I miss my Mom! :)

  34. By on September 15, 2010

    I value my friendship with my husband the most. I love the time we spend together and I know that he is always there for me, to listen, give advice, and make me feel safe.

    I voted for you on both top blogs.

  35. By beyond on September 15, 2010

    my husband. cheesy but true.

  36. By beyond on September 15, 2010

    and i just voted on both blogs!

  37. By Kate on September 15, 2010

    I value the friendship with my best friend Laura. We had babies within 3 weeks of eachother and it brought us closer.

  38. By on September 15, 2010

    I value the friendship with my parents, brother, and best friend Alissa.

  39. By on September 15, 2010

    voted on top mommy

  40. By on September 15, 2010

    voted on top baby

  41. By on September 15, 2010

    Reading all these comments about sisters has made me a bit weepy.  Mine left this side of the country early this morning, and I miss her terribly.  I’ll never have a closer friend.

  42. By Michelle on September 15, 2010

    One of the friendships I value the most is the friendship with my husband.  We are together through thick and thin, and he is my best friend.  We were friends before we dated, and while I love him as a lover and partner, I’m grateful for the friendship aspect of our relationship as well.

  43. By on September 16, 2010

    voted for you again on top mommy & baby blogs. I love most everything I’ve read here. OK everythign hahaha

  44. By on September 16, 2010

    I value my friendship with my dad.  We have similar intellectual interests, so it makes for good conversations between us.

  45. By on September 16, 2010

    -I entered my vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today.

  46. By on September 16, 2010

    -I entered my vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today.

  47. By on September 16, 2010

    As a new mom I am really valuing my friendships new and old.  I know that’s kind of general but it is great to have old friends who don’t have kids who seem to be as happy with my new baby as I am.  My new mom friends are also great because in these early days it is good to know that I am not alone and that everything my baby is doing is normal!

  48. By on September 17, 2010

    Well, I know it’s different from friendships with humans, but I do think my furry friends offer a form of friendship, too.  So I’ll say it!  I value my friendship (bond) with my cat.  Maybe she loves me only because I feed her, but, hey, she’s loyal that way!

  49. By on September 17, 2010

    —I entered my vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today.

  50. By on September 17, 2010

    —I entered my vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today.

  51. By on September 17, 2010

    Voted on Baby & mommy blogs today. Thanks for pointing me towards Top Baby Blogs, found a few more to read today :)

  52. By beyond on September 17, 2010

    just voted for you on both blogs again!

  53. By on September 17, 2010

    I value my friendship with my neighbors.  We gossip, watch out for each others kids and help each other out.  This is the first time in my life that I feel like I live in a real ‘neighborhood’.

  54. By on September 17, 2010

    I voted on TMB

  55. By on September 17, 2010

    I voted on TBB

  56. By on September 18, 2010

    I also value my friendship with my mom, even though it’s not always the easiest of friendships, she is there for me like a rock!

  57. By on September 18, 2010

    I cast my vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today.-

  58. By on September 18, 2010

    I cast my vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today.-

  59. By on September 18, 2010

    I value my friendship with my husband first and foremost. He’s VERY special to me, my best buddy!

  60. By on September 18, 2010

    I value my friendship with a lady by the name of Margaret whom I met at the retirement center where my dad was staying.  Even though there is a difference of 20 years in our ages, we just get along so well that I do not even notice.  Margaret is moving away to be with family next month.  I plan on staying in touch with her.

  61. By on September 18, 2010

    I voted for you at Top Mommy Blogs.

  62. By on September 18, 2010

    I voted for you at Top Baby Blogs

  63. By on September 19, 2010

    I value my friendship with one of my newest friends, Kath.  We met when we were working on a project together, and we found we really had a lot in common.  Now we always planning the next thing together ...  It’s great to make new friends, but as the song goes, I also like to keep the old.  “One is silver and the other gold!“

  64. By on September 19, 2010

    -I cast my vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today.-

  65. By on September 19, 2010

    -I cast my vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today.-


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