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THE PROBLEM WITH NOT BEING
SCARED OF MONSTERS
 picture book

Who knew there was a problem with not being scared of monsters?

The hero of this story knows it—all too well. Because he's not scared, the monsters think he's one of them. And now, they're way too friendly. They want to share everything! Which is, of course, a disaster.

With an understated text and hilarious illustrations, this picture book will have kids laughing away their fears.

"Plenty of Halloween stories deal with fear, but debut author Dan Richards suggests bravery has its own pitfalls."

    - Publishers Weekly, 2014

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BOOK EXPO AMERICA

"Michael Eisenberg at Boyd Mills, fresh out of a sales meeting, said that reps were excited about an in-house favorite, The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters by Dan Richards, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Aug.). "It's always nice when the reps agree with us," he said."

 

Diane Roback, Carolyn Juris, John Sellers, Matia Burnett, Publisher's Weekly, 5/30/2014

 

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

 

"Intrepid monster lovers will delight in reading again and again this list of irksome consequences of being friendly with these creatures."

 

"Recommend this one to mischievous types of all shapes and sizes, and pair it with Mo Willem's Leonardo, The Terrible Monster (Hyperion, 2005) to spark a discussion of unconventional points of view." 

 

Sara Lissa Paulson, School Library Journal, August 2014 Issue

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
 
"Plenty of Halloween stories deal with fear, but debut author Dan Richards suggests bravery has its own pitfalls."
 
"Neubecker's pen-and-ink cartoons draw a good amount of fun out of the relationship between the put-upon narrator and the wide-eyed, well meaning beasties."
Publishers Weekly, July 2014

 

AUTHOR TURF BLOG
Here's the interview I did in July with the lovely Brittney Breakey for her outstanding author blog AUTHOR TURF.
 
http://authorturf.com/author-interview-with-dan-richards/authorinterviews
 

Brittney Breakey, Author Turf, May 2014

 

THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
 

"The problem with not being scared of monsters, our young narrator finds, is that monsters become entirely too comfortable with you, and those monsters can be some pesky pals... The simple and spare text renders the challenges of monstrous pals understandable... Tentacled and fanged monsters made silly with glibness reminiscent of Dr. Seuss' There's a Wocket in My Pocket will leave kids smiling after a monster-themed storytime."

 

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2014

 

SEQUIM GAZETTE
Here's the author interview I did for my childhood hometown's newspaper The Sequim Gazette:
 
http://www.sequimgazette.com/entertainment/278541561.html
Alana Linderoth, The Sequim Gazette, September 2014

 

COFFEE WITH A CANINE BLOG
 

Here's the link to my recent blogpost interview for Coffee With A Canine that features my incomparable sidekick Freddy. Thanks Marshal Zeringue for having me!

 

http://coffeecanine.blogspot.com/2014/10/dan-richards-freddy.html

Marshal Zeringue, Coffee with a Canine, October 2014

SALLY'S BOOKSHELF BLOG
 

"What I like about this book: It's fun - and funny. These monsters remind me of needy pets... or younger friends that just want to hang out with you all the time and do what you do. But not well-trained (eating homework) and with no boundaries (taking your favorite PJs). And then they keep you awake at night with their fears (no, I won't spoil it....).

The other thing I like is how the kid foists this rambunctious horde of monsters off on his younger brother. Really! What little kid wouldn't want some friendly monsters to hang out with.... at least for awhile."

 

Sue Heavenrich, Sally's Bookshelf, February 2015

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