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|Written by||Anna H. Dickson|
|Series||A Growing-Up Book|
Malcolm Monster is very attached to his security blanket, an old quilt which he takes everywhere. The quilt was a baby gift to him from Grandma Monster. He camps under it, he takes it to the beach and he takes it to Prairie Dawn's birthday party. When it grows dirty or ripped his mother fixes and cleans it for him.
As the blanket grows shabbier, and Malcolm grows older, his parents try to persuade him to leave it at home. Still, he insists on taking his blankie on a trip to his grandparents, and Monya teases him, calling him a “baby monster.” At the end of the trip, Malcolm finds that he left his blanket at Grandma's house. While initially disconsolate, Malcolm waits for Grandma to send it, and is gradually distracted by other activities with his friends. By the time the blankie arrives, he has completely overcome his dependence on linens.