The Night the Monsters Came

Recipient of 10 Literary Awards

Recommended for readers aged 3 and up

Gold Medal Winner

Best Children’s Illustrated E-Book


Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction


Picture Books (Ages 3-8) Fiction

Silver Winner

Children’s Picture Books – Fiction


Children’s Books (7 & under)

Bronze Medal Winner

Children’s Picture Book – eBook


Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction


Distinguished Favorite

Picture Books – Ages 4 – 8

Honorable Mention

Picture Books 6 & Older

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“Siblings Jack and Joy are ready for bedtime. But first, they must outwit the hungry monsters that stand in their way — by harnessing the power of hygiene! This delightful picture book will keep children enthralled while teaching healthy habits like washing their hands and brushing their teeth.” BookBub

“A terrific message told with style and class.
Written with the feeling and tempo of classic children’s poetry from centuries past, The Night the Monsters Came is a catchy story for new readers that gently stresses the lesson of regular oral hygiene.” -Morgan Justice, Indies Today

“I thought this book was cute. I really love the message behind it and I think it is a cute and fun way to convince your kiddos to stay clean.” Reedsy Discovery

Hardcover Edition
38 pages
8.5 x 0.25 x 8.5 inches

Paperback Edition
36 pages
8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Kindle Edition
36 pages
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A gentle rhyming tale of hungry monsters promotes healthy bedtime routines for young children.

On a cold, quiet, and moonless night, hungry monsters come out of hiding from the woods looking for something tasty to eat. Young Jack, in his little wizard costume, and his sister Joy, in her frilly fairy dress, are fearless and ready to face the monstrous creatures who barge into their bedroom looking for tasty treats.

We’re hungry monsters on a prowl
For something tasty, something foul.

The monsters are looking for deliciously grubby feet, sticky hands, and unbrushed teeth which they find scrumptious. But to the delight of the children, Jack and Joy have no such thing—they’re nice and clean and therefore are not the stuff of monsters’ dreams. They are washed, brushed, and smelling fresh and clean—the stuff of monsters’ nightmares!

This playful rhyming story shares with children that it’s never too early to start creating healthy habits, such as washing their hands and brushing their teeth, as part of their bedtime routine…to keep the hungry monsters at bay!

The Night the Monsters Came is:

  • Written with expressive rhymes and dialogues to capture young listeners’ attention and imagination.
  • Entertaining: The book is full of funny rhymes that are sure to elicit plenty of giggles.
  • Charmingly illustrated with playful characters and not-too-spooky monsters, brimming with expression and humor that small children will love.
  • An empowering rhyming story that relies on humor, wit, and courage to help kids overcome fear.
  • Written to encourage and inspire little ones to start and maintain healthy habits and proper hygiene as part of their routine.

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From the Author:

The Night the Monsters Came is for young readers who love creatures that are both spooky and ridiculous. In a humorous and playful way, this rhyming children’s picture book shows its young readers that it’s never too early to start creating healthy habits, such as washing their hands and brushing their teeth, as part of their routine. Moreover, this bedtime monster story relies on humor, wit, and courage to help children overcome fear. 
I am grateful to Lisa Ciccone for providing delightful and engaging illustrations to complement this playful story.
I hope you and your child will enjoy reading The Night the Monsters Came. 
This bedtime monster picture book can also be enjoyed with your little one during Halloween.
Thank you for making this rhyming story part of your bedtime or snuggle time routine. ~ Junia Wonders

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“[…] The writing is superb, with a melodic rhythm that made it a joy to read aloud. We also tied it in with the need to observe good hygiene habits these days in order to fend off our own monster: COVID-19! […] Kudos to this talented author for a wonderfully penned, beautifully illustrated book that kept the kids spellbound with its imagination and creativity.” -Betty & Joseph Yu, Reviewers

School nurse approved ✅ I have been reading books to a few classes that I oversee as a school nurse. […] I try to pick health related books, but it’s hard to find them sometimes. This book is perfect. It’s short and sweet with beautiful illustrations and a cute message. I’ll be reading this to three kindergarten classes tomorrow!” -Lauren, Reviewer

A must have for children. What a fun way to teach children about cleanliness and hygiene. I loved this book and read it to my child. He loved the pictures.” -Surabhi Sharma, Reviewer

Delightful little treasure […] loved reading it with my 7 year old. We had a good laugh at the beautiful illustrations and loved reading the rhyming aloud.” -Milly, Reviewer

A lovely tale with good values. We loved this rhyming tale and it had a good message for children to wash and clean their teeth before bedtime.” -Kevin Jones, Reviewer

Awesome. 5 Stars easy. Perfect book to read at bedtime to your children. Easy to read and rhyme and follow along.” -Esteban Nasukowicz, Reviewer

“An awesome book cover, great hand-drawn colored pictures & proper font & writing style. A very professionally written children’s (elementary age) monster educational storybook.” -Tony Parsons, Reviewer

“The rhymes are clever with extensive use of onomatopoeia and bright colors outlining new vocabulary. Illustrations are appropriate and colorful. I highly recommend the book for toddlers and primary grade children.” -Barbara Mojica, Top Contributor Children’s Books

“What a cute, funny, well-illustrated and colorful book! We enjoyed it immensely and had a few laughs.” -Paula, Reviewer

“My preschool son enjoyed the rhyming, the suspense and the happy ending. The vivid illustrations also helped to keep his attention.” -Maria, Reviewer

Super fun. […] Good lesson about being clean and a fun little spell at the end. Read before bed.” -Calima, Reviewer

So cute and educational. Love the rhymes in the story. Please write more of this. Love the imagination. Kept my child engaged and from beginning to end!” -Yogal, Reviewer

Amazing. This book was entertaining, it was fun, it was enjoyable , It gave us that beautiful rollercoaster thrill. I like the moral of this story.” -Angie, Reviewer

“Me & my own little monster read this as a bedtime story and both thought it was brilliant, very amusing with great characters” -Nush, Reviewer

“Lovely rhyming book for little ones perfect for a Halloween read.” -Sara S., Reviewer

“Written with the feeling and tempo of classic children’s poetry from centuries past, The Night the Monsters Came is a catchy story for new readers that gently stresses the lesson of regular oral hygiene. […] A terrific message told with style and class, The Night the Monsters Came is sure to be a hit for toddlers.” -Morgan Justice, Indies Today 

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This book is also available in Italian.