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Monster and Boy

Monster and Boy

Monster and Boy (Volume 1)

Hannah Barnaby; illustrations by Anoosha Syed

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Fall in love with the friendship between Monster and Boy in this exciting new chapter book series from writer Hannah Barnaby and illustrator Anoosha Syed.

When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed), Boy starts to scream—and Monster promptly swallows him. It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Told with a warm, cozy voice, the story is brought to life with adorable two-color illustrations. Filled with adventure and humor, this chapter book is perfect for sharing with kids just aging out of picture books and for newly independent readers.


Once there was a monster who loved a boy.

The monster had never met the boy because monsters are nocturnal and boys (well, most boys) are not. But he knew the sound of the boy’s voice, and he loved that sound. He...

Praise for Monster and Boy

"A boy discovers that monsters are real—and that one lives under his bed . . . Humor ensues . . . No need to be afraid of monsters after reading this sweet and unusual friendship story." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Monster and Boy

"A beautiful friendship gets off to a rocky start when a boy is accidentally swallowed by the mild- mannered monster beneath his bed." —Booklist, starred review

"Callbacks to Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are will resonate with some readers, and fans of that book will appreciate this longer take on kid-monster relationships." —The Bulletin

"Silliness abounds when a boy meets the monster under his bed . . . Hilarious antics ensue . . . Adorable and expressive illustrations, goofball humor and a story full of friendship and hijinks make this a fun, gentle adventure." —Shelf Awareness


Hannah Barnaby; illustrations by Anoosha Syed

Hannah Barnaby has worked as a children’s book editor, a bookseller, and a teacher of writing for children and young adults. She holds an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Her first novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris nominee. Hannah lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her family.

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator based in Toronto. She has a passion for creating cute characters with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and has illustrated many best-loved picture books, including Bug Girl, I Am Perfectly Designed and Bilal Cooks Daal. Anoosha also has worked as a freelance character designer, with studios that include Disney JR and Dreamworks TV.

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Anoosha Syed

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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