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Monster and Boy: Monster's First Day of School

Monster and Boy: Monster's First Day of School

Monster and Boy (Volume 2)

Hannah Barnaby; illustrations by Anoosha Syed

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Monster and Boy are back for another adventure! And this time the best friends are headed somewhere no monster has ventured before: school!

Ever since Monster (who sleeps under the bed) and Boy (who sleeps in the bed) met and became best friends, they've been spending their days playing together. But some days, Boy leaves and Monster is alone. Wanting to learn more about where his friend goes, Monster makes a plan to go with Boy to . . . school! There, Monster meets Boy's teacher and classmates, learns about cubbies and the sharing circle, and even helps solve a mystery when a pet hedgehog goes missing.

Told with a warm, cozy voice, Hannah Barnaby's story is brought to life with adorable two-color illustrations by Anoosha Syed. Filled with adventure and humor, Monster and Boy: Monster's First Day of School is a perfect chapter book for sharing with kids just aging out of picture books and for newly independent readers.


Once there was a monster who loved a boy. And a boy who loved a monster.

They hadn’t always known each other. The monster lived under the boy’s bed for a long time before they met, and the boy didn’t know the monster...

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. Her first novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris nominee. The author of Monster and Boy, illustrated by Anoosha Syed, 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 books for children, including I Am Perfectly Designed, written by Karamo Brown, and Monster and Boy, written by Hannah Barnaby.

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Anoosha Syed

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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